I am pleased to be able to announce that the Bluebell Railway’s ambitious Double Donation Dash target of £125,000 was reached just as the DDD125 closed at 6 p.m. on 6 November. When all the matching funding and gift aid on donations has been collected, the DDD125 will have raised around £275,000 for the Bluebell Railway’s Northern Extension Project (NEP).
The Bluebell Railway advises that it now needs to further raise somewhere between £150,000 to £200,000 over the next few months for the completion of the northern extension into East Grinstead. They cannot be more accurate as nearly all the work is outside and Winter weather dependent. This is a substantial achievement considering that the amount needing to be raised just four years ago was £4 million!
Many to thanks to all who have donated, including of course those sponsors who put up the funds for the matching to take place and set the target to be met. We look forward to the first training running into East Grinstead next year.