Fight Back Fund! - Severn Valley Railway
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Fight Back Fund!

Fight Back Fund!

An important update from the three companies in the Severn Valley Railway Group - Severn Valley Railway Co Ltd., Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC. and Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd.


Thanks to an astounding response to our Emergency Appeal, the short-term future of the Severn Valley Railway has been secured. We've now received more than £900,000 in donations and share purchases. We are deeply grateful to every single person who has come to the rescue, to take away the immediate threat to the Railway’s future.

We hope to recoup some of the income for this year, but because of social distancing, we won't be able to operate our services to normal capacity.

What has become clear is that we face a longer term and more serious threat than we could have envisaged. The huge loss of income to the SVR while it remains closed during our peak running season means we won’t be able to make our crucial annual investment into the Railway. This amounts to £4.5million, and would fund essential restorations to our infrastructure and rolling stock, along with apprentice training and a desperately needed overhaul of our IT infrastructure which is creaking at the seams.

It may be that we won’t see a return to sustainable levels of passenger revenue until well into next year. And, remember that when the coronavirus emergency hit us, we were already reeling from a 75% drop in passenger numbers because of the February floods.

The future for the SVR is challenging. But we are not going to give up the fight.

Instead, with our Fight Back Fund, we will continue to fundraise for the SVR’s recovery both during the current crisis and in the tough months that will follow the lifting of restrictions. We are actively seeking further donations to this fund because fighting back is what we’re known for. Our pioneering preservationists did it when they brought the line back from ruin in the late 1960s; we managed it following the devastation of the storms in 2007; and with your help now, we’ll do it again.

We are approaching trusts and grant-making organisations to ask for support at this difficult time. Some of these know us well, having already contributed to the Falling Sands Viaduct restoration project, apprentice training or our Access for All carriages.

We’ve never needed your help more than we do now. Please donate to the SVR’s Fight Back Fund

Alongside this, to help with our Fight Back Fund, we’ve hand-picked a selection of Severn Valley Railway merchandise which you can order online. All proceeds will go towards securing the future of the Severn Valley Railway.

 


How to donate:
  • Through our website using a credit or debit card, click here.
  • Phone 01562 757902 to make a phone donation
  • Make a bank transfer to SVR (Holdings) Plc Sort code 40-26-08, Acc No 01330608 (please let us know you have made a bank transfer by phoning 01562 757902 or email contact@svrlive.com)
  • Send a cheque made payable to SVR (Holdings) Plc to SVR, One Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR (please include your name and address).
Other immediate support:

Please keep safe and well, and take comfort in the thought that together we will make sure this wonderful heritage railway will be back in service in the future.  

Thank you for your support in our time of need,
Nick Paul CBE, Chairman  
 

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