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raised of £1,500 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised £705 to buy a wheelchair access carriage for the Fancott Miniature Railway to give wheelchair users the opportunity to enjoy the railway.

    Funded on Saturday, 5th February 2022

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    The Fancott Miniature Railway runs in the garden of the Fancott public house just outside Toddington. It is run by volunteers and any money raised is used for the upkeep and improvement of the railway and also, but more importantly, to offer free rides to community groups. We have worked with the children, families and helpers at Keech Cottage for several years and this year they have a regular Wednesday booking to ride on the railway. Having spoken to the support staff they have said that many more children would be able enjoy the railway as a recreational activity if we had a wheelchair accessible carriage. We are also actively working with several other special schools, scout and disability groups to enable them to use the railway as an educational or recreational activity.

    On our Facebook page ( we recently carried out a survey regarding people's opinion regarding the purchase of the carriage. The survey reached over 6500 people and we received many messages of support and promises of donations. As a result of the Facebook post a gentleman, who is running an extreme marathon, has offered to donate his sponsorship money to us, so many thanks to him.

    We have obtained a quotation from the manufacturer and the carriage is £6400 including delivery. The railway has set aside £1000 and is holding several fundraising events this year to put further funds towards the carriage.

    So we have started the ball rolling but any additional donations would be gratefully received.

    You can visit our Facebook page as above or our website


    Rob Winskell - Treasurer, Fancott Miniature Railway



    • Robert Winskell2 years ago
      Robert Winskell

      Robert Winskell

      2 years ago

      Hi all our Just Giving page seems to have come to a stop but funds from our Halloween event takings, a donation from Ampthill Lions and also the sale of some redundant railway equipment. This has taken the total to around £3800. We have been promised the sponsorship money raised by Gerald Carr and Suzie Gittus who took part in a Wolf Run and the Thames Marathon respectively. This should give us enough to buy the carriage, but it doesn't finish there we need to fund a container, points and groundwork in order to store the carriage safely. Thanks

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    • Robert Winskell2 years ago
      Robert Winskell

      Robert Winskell

      2 years ago

      Hello supporters. We are just under half way to our target on this page (47%) and with collections at the railway, our two fundraising events, donations from Luton and Ampthill Lions we have a total of nearly £3000. We still have a far way to go but we have the spooky Halloween evening and our Santa trains to look forward to before the end of the year, see our Facebook page details. You continued support for our fund raising is still required for not only the carriage, but also an additional secure storage container in which to keep it. Thanks

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    • Robert Winskell2 years ago
      Robert Winskell

      Robert Winskell

      2 years ago

      Just to start off with a big thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraiser. Donations for the two events we have held so far, public donations and donations to this Just Giving page have got us to just under £3000 in about 6 weeks which is a fantastic effort. We still have our spooky Halloween evening trains and our Santa Specials, all the details for those are on our Facebook page and you support would be great. Hope to see you soon and watch this space for updates. Thank you all the Fancott Miniature Railway

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    2 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 11/11/2021 15.00



    • Steve Lee

      Steve Lee

      Sep 19, 2021


    • Mark Parfitt

      Mark Parfitt

      Sep 18, 2021

      We had a great time at the Superheroes day today! Best wishes for reaching your target


    • Rebecca Parsons

      Rebecca Parsons

      Sep 12, 2021


    • Rob Wilde

      Rob Wilde

      Sep 8, 2021


    • Peter Cloherty

      Peter Cloherty

      Sep 8, 2021

      Best of luck, hope you achieve your target soon


    • Anonymous


      Sep 3, 2021


    • Vicki G

      Vicki G

      Sep 1, 2021

      It was lovely to be on one of your trains last week for the first time, so I hope this donation helps to get other people on board as well :)


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    Robert Winskell

    Robert Winskell

    I retired in May 2020 having spent 35 years in the aerospace industry and I have been volunteering at the Fancott Miniature Railway since 2018. I took over as treasurer in October 2020 and now have taken over responsibility for fund raising.

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