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Great Central Railway Crossing the Canal

23rd February 2018.

Latest appeal news.

Donate to the CharityGood news! The Crossing the Canal appeal has now passed the forty thousand pound mark.

In just three months we are a little under ten percent of our way to the target of four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds. A huge thank you for donating!

Canal Bridge in February 2018This appeal is part of our grand reunification project, to link two halves of the Great Central Railway together. A new bridge over the Midland Main Line has been built at Loughborough. The canal bridge repairs are the next stage of the work.

Now here’s a chance to make your donation go further. It’s the return of Money Match March! A fund of twenty five thousand pounds has been made available, and will be released pound for pound with every donation you make, during the month of March.

Give ten pounds - and it will be matched by ten pounds. We can even still claim gift aid on your part of the donation (if you can make the declaration on the form). So your £10 - could become £10 + £2.50 + £10 = £22.50.

If Money Match March is fully subscribed, we can push the total up another fifty thousand pounds (not including any gift aid).

You can download an appeal form here. Send it through the post with a cheque made payable to DAVID CLARKE RAILWAY TRUST (with “CROSSING THE CANAL” written on the year) to DCRT, Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, LE11 1SL.

Or you can make a donation on line here

If you are already donating via a standing order, your donation will be matched. If you’re not, why not consider setting one up? If everyone who reads this webpost gave ten pounds per month - just £2.50 a week - we’d soon make forward progress on reunification.

Pick up an appeal form on your next visit and thank you for your support!

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Great Central Railway Crossing the Canal

It's time for Bridging the Gap part two!

1st December 2017.

Donate to the CharityGreat Central Railway has embarked on one of the biggest projects in modern railway preservation. We’re reunifying two halves of the railway to create an 18 mile heritage route through the East Midlands.

We’ve already invested millions - which you helped us to raise - to build a brand new bridge to carry our trains over the Midland Main Line.

Next up, we want to work on the existing canal bridge at Loughborough which needs repairing. Current thinking is it can be repaired without being lifted. This is likely to mean some disruption to boat traffic below, so it needs to be done when the canal is quieter. The earliest window is Autumn 2018 - but we won’t proceed unless we have sufficient funds.

At the same time we need to continue our design work, so we can get permission to build the rest of the new infrastructure reunification needs. So we’re launching our new appeal; crossing the canal. We need to raise four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds to get the canal bridge completed and carry on with the paperwork. We’ve had international interest in the project and we know you’ve been encouraged by the new rail bridge being installed.

We hope you’ll support us again.

Map of the Bridging the Gap area 3D render of how the repaired bridge will look on completion

You can donate online by credit or debit card. Click the link. Donate to the Charity



You can donate by cheque through the post. Click here to download the appeal form. Complete the sections and send a cheque made payable to the David Clarke Railway Trust to:
'Canal Bridge Appeal', Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1SL

Please consider a standing order. The more standing orders, the sooner we’ll get the trains running over the 18 mile railway.

However you support us, please don’t forget to make the gift aid declaration if you can. Gift Aid is a scheme where the government will top up donation made by UK tax payers by an extra 25% at no cost to you.

Thank you, together we’ve made a huge amount of progress on this exciting project.
We’ll keep you up to date right here with the latest news.




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