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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.

135,644.75

raised towards 200,000.00 target

135644.75
200000.00

How you can support us

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Supporters

Sep 15, 2020

Ian

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Sep 11, 2020

Anonymous

Best Wishes to all, thanks for all the memories.

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Sep 11, 2020

Mervyn Stokes

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Sep 07, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Sep 05, 2020

Anonymous


Aug 30, 2020

Alex

I really hope you stay open, I went on one of your Steam-train rides last year on a team building course and promised my son I'd take him during the summer, which was sadly impossible.

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Aug 30, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Aug 29, 2020

Emmy & Sam

15.00
(plus 3.75 giftaid)

Aug 29, 2020

Nicola Brierley

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Aug 26, 2020

Damien Corbishley

Hope this small donation helps in some way

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

67

Total raised so far

135,644.75

Total plus Gift Aid 149,846.65

Direct donations

66,638.75

Raised offline 69,006.00

Fundraising pages

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