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Robert Winskell

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raised of £1,500 target by 33 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,500 to buy a wheelchair access carriage for the Fancott Miniature Railway to give wheelchair users the opportunity to enjoy the railway.

Fancott, Near Toddington, Bedfordshire

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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

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  • Robert Winskell3 days ago
    Robert Winskell

    Robert Winskell

    3 days 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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  • Robert Winskell16 days ago
    Robert Winskell

    Robert Winskell

    16 days ago

    Thank you all for your support, so far we have raised over a third of the money required for the carriage from our Just Giving page, public donations and fund raising events. We are running more fundraising events at the Railway. Details are on our Facebook page but the dates for your diary are -Superhero's day on 18/19th of September, spooky Halloween trains on 30th October and Santa Specials on 18/19th December which are being booked up fast. Hope to see you soon.

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  • Robert Winskell1 month ago
    Robert Winskell

    Robert Winskell

    1 month ago

    Wow in just over a week you all have donated £250 towards the carriage, but of course we need to keep receiving donations so we can reach the target. Please share our FB post far and wide. Thanks

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Page last updated on: 9/19/2021 20.21



  • 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

Fancott, Near Toddington, Bedfordshire

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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