Honiton girl wins competition to be train announcement voice

Evie Thew from Honiton has won a competition to voice an appeal by children of South Western Railway (SWR) staff, asking passengers to help keep their parents safe.

New station announcements recorded by two children call on passengers to wear face coverings and keep their distance from each other. The announcements are now being played across the SWR network.

One of the children, Evie Thew from Honiton, urges everyone to keep their distance so she is still able to hug her mum, dad and granddad – all of whom work for SWR.

The other, Teenasha Santuck from South London, asks customers to wear a face covering so that she can see her mum smile when she gets back from work.

The two children won a SWR-wide competition to become the voices of two new station announcements. They each received a £50 gift voucher, certificate and goodie bag in recognition of their success.

Alan Penlington, SWR’s Director of Customer Experience, said: “Our number one priority is the safety of our customers and colleagues, and we are continuing to do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus across our network. But we need our customers’ help too.

Pictured (L-R): Evie Thew with her Mum, Dad and Granddad

“By following Teenasha and Evie’s excellent advice and wearing a face covering while maintaining social distancing, we can all help to keep each other safe."

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