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We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations which, on 5th March, totalled £365,798.08. Even though we have now surpassed our target there is still a long way to go to ensure the financial stability of the railway, donations can be made through saveourservice.co.uk

Save Our Service

We are delighted to announce the success of our ‘Save Our Service Appeal’, to help assist the Swanage Railway's survival as we all continue to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to our generous supporters our appeal surpassed the target and raised a total of £363,206.83!

Our SOS appeal was launched in March 2020 in response to the developing crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus and the inevitable loss of income due to a curtailed operating season. Money raised from this appeal has given the railway the vital lifeline we needed to get through this winter, enabling us to undertake essential care and maintenance work which would not have been possible without your donations. We will soon be ready to operate trains, when restrictions permit, and be in a position to try and make our recovery.

2020 was more challenging than we could have ever imagined and we are incredibly grateful for the hard work and determination of our staff, volunteers and supporters.

Although we have reached our SOS appeal target, the future for our railway remains uncertain as we await Government guidance on the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Our tenacious staff and volunteers are planning for every eventuality, however, it is clear that the ongoing effects of coronavirus will be felt by Swanage Railway for some time to come.

In normal years February half term marked the start of our operating season. With the potential for the railway to be closed for the foreseeable future we are already on the back foot, therefore any continued support you can give to our SOS appeal is gratefully received.

You can donate by visiting www.saveourservice.co.uk for PayPal and www.swanagerailwaytrust.org/giving for details about bank transfers and cheques along with Gift Aid that can further boost your donation by 25%.

We asked a few of our enthusiastic volunteers what the Swanage Railway means to them and why the ‘Save Our Service’ appeal urgently needs your help today! The exciting scenes are also a reminder of why the heritage industry is such an important part of history that can only continue thanks to your support.

Don't let Coronavirus stop the Swanage Railway in its tracks

On Wednesday 25th March we launched the S.O.S. appeal on the SRT appeals page with links from the Company's public site, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

To concentrate donations to this appeal, the donate buttons on the various project group sites have been removed. Should a donation still wish to be made to a project, this will continue and is explained on the appeal site. At the end of this crisis any unused donations to the S.O.S.appeal will be cascaded to the project groups.

Regular updates of the appeal total will appear on the SRT appeals page.


Randy Coldham, Fundraising Group

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