In April we launched the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal was launched to raise funds to combat the devastating effects of COVID-19, its aim to raise that £200,000. By mid-June we were within a gnats whisker of achieving our target and shortly after through the generosity of our supporters, we crashed through our target. Everyone here at the KWVR are delighted and thankful that, during our hour of need, our faithful supporters from far and wide have donated to our appeal, joined the Friday night quiz and bought the SAY videos, rallying to the cause so that the target was reached in just over two short months, far exceeding our expectations and has shown all our volunteers, the high esteem that our Railway is held in.
In addition to the success of appeal, the KWVR received grants of £50,000 from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and a donation of £30,000 from the KWVR Trust. All together our fund raising efforts, which includes includes the recovery of ‘Gift Aid’ stands at well over £300,000.
However, massive challenges lie ahead, not least, that it is very likely that we will not see a return to normal visitor levels until well into 2021 (or even 2022) as social distancing, not only reduces our capacity to carry the number of passengers to make the Railway sustainable into the future, but also affects the attitude of you, our visitors, to actually venture out and travel by train once again. So the COVID-19 challenges continue and will affect us for many months to come and, for that reason, our ‘Worth Saving’ appeal will remain open for your donations to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.