Three quarters of a million pounds now raised for next phase of ambitious project
The Great Central Railway’s ambitious Reunification project has leapt forward with a month-long fund-raising push. Money Match March offered to match all donations received during March pound for pound, up to a value of one hundred thousand pounds.
Support was received from enthusiasts and well-wishers around the world. A late flurry of donations received just before month end saw well over one hundred and fifty thousand pounds being received, over the available ‘matching funds’. With the match funding, the new grand total is an incredible seven hundred and fifty five thousand pounds.
“We can’t quite believe we have reached three quarters of a million pounds,” said Andy Fillingham, Chairman of the Friends of the Great Central Main Line, the membership organization for the GCR which is driving the fundraising. “The generosity of the support has taken our breath away. We now have twenty five percent of the three million pounds we need to build the next two phases of the Reunification project.”
Reunification will bring together two separate halves of the Great Central Railway which were separated after the original line was closed in the 1960s. The two lines combined will create an eighteen mile heritage line across the East Midlands which will boost the local economy and create jobs.
Two stages of the scheme have already been built after millions of pounds was raised. The next two will see a local road crossed on a bridge and a viaduct built over a factory car park.
“Our funding grows all the time as people give by standing orders,” explained Andy. “We will need to have raised most of the full cost of the next section before we can start building it, but the incredible response to Money Match March brings that day closer. We can’t thank everyone who has supported us enough. As the railway gets closer to reopening, this has been a tremendous boost.”
To donate to the reunification project, visit: www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify