Fundraising g Appeal for EOR
The Epping Ongar Railway launched an appeal to raise £200,000 to preserve the future of this important heritage railway in the current Coronavirus pandemic. The appeal has raised nearly £14,000 in its first week thanks to the support of the members of the Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society and also passengers who have previously travelled on the Railway.
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, the Railway has been closed since 20th March and has therefore been unable to generate any income but still needs money to undertake basic maintenance to track, bridges, stations, locomotives and carriages and to ensure that it is ready to operate safely and efficiently when it reopens. However, without any income the very future of the Railway is thought to be at risk and without any volunteers there is a real chance that it might not reopen. The money raised will ensure that when the time comes the Railway will have kept its rolling stock, land and buildings in good order ready to welcome passengers to ride on its steam and diesel trains and buses again, like they did in record numbers in last year.
The fundraising co-ordinator, Jeff Mesnard , said, "I have worked as a volunteer for many years and I am very concerned that the Railway will struggle to remain viable during a long enforced shutdown. This is why I have worked with other volunteers to get this fundraising appeal off the ground.”
Since launching the appeal, almost 200 people have made donations ranging from £10 to £2,000 but the Railway still needs a lot more to reach its target of £200,000. The easiest way to donate is to visit the Railway’s website (https://www.eorailway.co.uk/the-railway/appeal/).
The Railway’s General Manager, currently on furloughed leave due to the financial consequences of the pandemic said,
“I am delighted by the support shown by the volunteers and public towards the Railway. I sincerely that hope that the Railway can achieve its target of £200,000 which will allow the volunteers and staff to secure the future of this important part of our industrial heritage for generations to come. Please give generously.”
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