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East Lancashire Light Railway Company Limited
East Lancashire Light Railway Company Limited
ELR Support Fund

ELR Support Fund

Why we need your help

“It’s vital that we protect our heritage railway in these frightening times. The ELR will always have my full support because of the joy it has brought to so many people over the years and this must continue!”

Councillor Billy Sheerin, Mayor of Rochdale.

“We need your help to survive, please go to the East Lancs Railway Support Fund and pledge as much a you can afford. We need this for our future. Thank you”.

Peter Waterman OBE

In light of recent government advice and the developing situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the East Lancashire Railway has had to make the difficult decision to cease all services and close all stations from Friday 20 March until further notice.

The East Lancashire Railway considers the health of our visitors, staff and volunteers a number one priority. As such, the move has been made to close the railway for the time being.

The ELR is a registered charity (1186648) and closure is set to have a heavy influence on the railway’s future, resulting in reduced services, cancelled events and more.

We are facing a number of  serious challenges going forwards:

  • As of yet the Government has not offered any kind of monetary aid or support to charitable organisations
  • The help that is currently available would see the railway become heavily indebted, it would be several years before the railway would be able to pay this off

The amount the railway is set to lose over the coming weeks could threaten the continued existence of the ELR. That is why we need your support to survive.

We are asking you if you can help us keep the story of the regions industrious past going well into the future, letting us keep our current level of service and standard of events once the current crisis is over.

137,594.70

raised towards 200,000.00 target

137594.70
200000.00

How you can support us

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Supporters

Nov 27, 2020

Vicki and Dave

In memory of Dave Miller

15.00
(plus 3.75 giftaid)

Nov 27, 2020

Holly

In memory of Dave Miller xx

15.00
(plus 3.75 giftaid)

Nov 17, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Nov 13, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Nov 10, 2020

Mervyn Stokes 2021

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Nov 05, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Nov 03, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Nov 02, 2020

Anonymous

It's not much, but in these troubling times, I hope this will help

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Oct 31, 2020

Matthew Kay

Seeing that the new 4-week long national lockdown starting from Thursday 5th November could see another temporary closure of the railway; just thought I'd donate the total amount I would spend on public transport during them 4 weeks plus a little extra.

50.00

Oct 22, 2020

fsjn

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

68

Total raised so far

137,594.70

Total plus Gift Aid 152,016.35

Direct donations

67,588.70

Raised offline 70,006.00

Fundraising pages

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