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Monday, June 8, 2020

Latest on appeal to help railway survive lockdown

The appeal to help Llangollen Railway make it through the coronavirus lockdown has so far raised almost £80,000.
The good news for the heritage attraction comes in the latest update from railway general manager Liz McGuinness.
She says: "A few weeks have gone by since our last update so we felt it only right to keep you up to date with what is going on at Llangollen Railway.
"Firstly, thank you to all those who donated to and took part in our online auction. We had an excellent response to this and will be running another one later this month. If anyone has any items they would like to donate for auction please email
"As mentioned last month, our fundraising efforts have so far raised approximately £78,000 including online donations, share purchases, gift aid and the online auction. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported the railway over the last couple of months.
"We are sure many of you are wondering why we need so much money when we are closed and very little is happening. 
"The monthly outgoings whilst closed, are approximately £14,000. This includes things like utility bills. In July when our payment holidays cease this will jump to approximately £26,000 per month."
She adds: "Once we are given the go ahead to open we have a lot of work to undertake. The listed buildings we take care of will need maintenance/repairs, the track will need a full inspection and the engines, which have stood idle for months, will need servicing.
"This will all cost money and we need to be in a position to hit the ground running when we are given the go ahead. Your donations will continue to make that possible.
"If you are in a position to donate to our online fund the link is below. Shares can also be purchased to help support the railway and more details can be found on our website.
"We, like all of you, await the next Government update but until then, take care and stay safe."

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