Good platform to reach £300k station target

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Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway has received planning permission for its new station – just as it launches a new fundraising appeal for the building.

Back in March, the railway launched its ‘Double Your Money’ campaign, which saw a generous mystery benefactor pledging to match fund donations up to a maximum of £50,000.

The fantastic response meant the railway was able to fully exploit the benefactor’s offer, and as a result it now has £220,000 of the £300,000 required to be build the new station at Pages Park – enough to build the structure.

Impressed by the initial support, the anonymous backer is now encouraging a final push to raise the balance with a new matched funding offer.

It means that final £80,000 needed to complete the interior fitting out and exterior detailing could potentially be reduced to ‘just’ £40,000.

The new ‘Double Your Money’ offer is time-limited to three months.

Launching the new appeal, chairman Terry Bendall said: “Many members and supporters of the railway have already dug deep into their pockets to get to where we are today. For that support, the railway and I are truly grateful.

“While some may be able to dig even deeper, we hope that this success may encourage others to follow their lead now that the finishing line is in sight and the dream is at long last turning into a reality”.

“£40,000 is a very significant sum for a relatively small railway such as ours’, said Terry. “While the lion’s share of what has been raised so far has come from member’s own pockets, we shall be intensifying efforts to seek support from the community, including local businesses who may be able to reduce the project cost by providing goods and services instead of hard cash.”

In a plea to LBO readers, Terry added: “Can you help us? Do you know a business who might like to support us in some way? With your help and support, our new station could be welcoming passengers next year. Please help us make the most of the next three months!”

More info at www.buzzrail.co.uk or call 01525 373888.