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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.

90,482.82

raised towards 200,000.00 target

90482.82
200000.00

How you can support us

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Supporters

May 25, 2020

Anonymous

We have enjoyed so many special times with the East Lancs Railway and feel that is so important that this wonderful part of our history continues . We hope that you are successful with your campaign . Stay safe X


May 25, 2020

Mike Wetton

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

May 25, 2020

Edward I Baxter

25.00

May 25, 2020

john garnham

25.00

May 25, 2020

Anonymous

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

May 24, 2020

Ann Hosking

We were due to travel on the Flying Scotsman in May for which we received a refund, but would still like to make a donation to your railway so that hopefully we can visit in the future.

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 24, 2020

Pete near Blackpool

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

May 24, 2020

Emmy & Sam

15.00
(plus 3.75 giftaid)

May 24, 2020

Steve

Still looking forward to hearing 40145 and D1041 thrash north out of Summerseat when we are the other side off this. Stay safe all.

750.00
(plus 187.50 giftaid)

May 24, 2020

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

45

Total raised so far

90,482.82

Total plus Gift Aid 100,718.24

Direct donations

46,776.82

Raised offline 43,706.00

Fundraising pages

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