This Appeal is for the Bluebell Railway’s Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH) Project, and aims to provide £210,000 to match the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 2 grant we are seeking of £840,000 which has received approval at Round 1 of the HLF application. Therefore every £10 donated is worth £50 to the Project, and even more if Gift Aided.
View the appeal video here
The projects aims are to:-
• improve the Railway’s capacity to operate steam locomotives including a new maintenance facility
• ensure the survival of a unique collection of steam locomotives
• create an exciting exhibition and display area for a wide range of visitors to learn about steam heritage
• provide the opportunity for steam locomotive history, working and operation to be easily understood
• target new audiences to increase visitor numbers plus encourage return visits
This will be achieved by repairs to the Running Shed (including a new roof) and permitting footplate access to some of the locomotives on display. Some space will be given up to the interactive exhibits of the exhibition, including a mock-up of locomotive “Stepney”. This will be more than compensated for by the provision of a new building in which up to four locomotives may be stored, or worked on under cover. The southern end of the Running Shed will remain open to the public to view a variety of our operational and non-operational locomotives, but under improved conditions.
For larger donations it is more cost-effective, since we avoid the fees charged by JustGiving to download a Donations/GiftAid form.
You can also donate smaller amounts by JustTextGiving, which is free of fees (your network operator's standard text message charge will apply, and the donation is simply added to your mobile bill). Simply text BASH83 £10 to 70070. The amount can be £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 - You'll also be able to add Gift Aid.
If the appeal reaches its target of £210,000 any surplus not required for the ASH project will be used to improve other buildings or provide tools and equipment for the locomotive department.
In the event that the HLF grant application for £840,000 is not ultimately successful any funds raised by this appeal will be used to carry out badly needed repairs and improvements to the locomotive Running Shed so as to protect our unique steam locomotive collection and enhance the experience of our visitors.