Fundraising appeal to save Heatherslaw Light Railway on track to hit £15,000 target

Heatherslaw Light RailwayHeatherslaw Light Railway
Heatherslaw Light Railway
A fund-raising appeal launched by a north Northumberland visitor attraction has raised nearly £13,000.

However, it has already smashed its original £8,000 target and is now well on the way to its revised £15,000 goal.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Now, preparations are being made for reopening later this summer if and when coronavirus restrictions are further eased.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our appeal,” it posted on Facebook.

“Following the government’s recent lockdown updates, we are making suitable plans for hopefully reopening later in the summer.”

As well as support from local residents and visitors, the fund-raising appeal has been swelled by a £4,000 donation from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership which partnered with Crowdfunder to launch a matchfund grant that ensures the small business sector is supported quickly during this time of crisis.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

There have also been changes behind the scenes, with Paul Smith set to resign as managing director from the end of May for personal reasons.

His brother, Darrell, will continue as financial director but will also be responsible for transitioning the business following Paul’s departure.

In a recent Facebook post, he said: “There’s a lot to do right now but I wanted to take the time out to say thank-you to all of our incredible customers and supporters who have contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign and given us a fighting chance of surviving the current crisis.

“We are continuing to monitor the Government’s timetable for transitioning from lockdown and preparing to run again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“I’m optimistic that we can run in compliance with social distancing measures (potentially on a limited service) as we hopefully all get back to normal.”

The narrow gauge railway, a 2.25 mile track following the River Till betweeen Heatherslaw and Etal, usually attracts around 29,000 visitors a year.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you