'Worth Saving' Appeal


As the COVID-19 virus took hold, here on the KWVR passenger trains and events were cancelled, shop or café facilities closed so we launched the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal and, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our Appeal target was reached and surpassed. Thanks to the magnificent efforts of our volunteers and staff, we re-opened to the public on the 19th August and we have further plans to extend our operations through to the end of the year and beyond into 2021.

‘Worth Saving’ – you helped us reach our target

On Thursday, 18th June, our ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal crashed through the £200,000 barrier

Thank you for your support, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the railway now that we are running train again. It’s a different experience to that which you have enjoyed before – but exciting nonetheless.

So let us say – WELL DONE – to all our supporters from all corners of the world who came to our aid in our greatest hour of need.

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. 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 to bring the total raised within sight of that magical £200,000.

After a slowish start, we have been amazed at how you all have rallied to the cause and we reached our target 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.

So the Railway was saved – FOR NOW!

Massive challenges lie ahead, not least as infection rates increase and that it is very likely that we will not see 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. Knowing that the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal would be insufficient on its own, the Railway sought outside funding and grants. The success of our applications, which included a £60,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £30,000 from the KWVR Trust, has raised the total sum raised to in excess of £350,000.

So for now take the plaudits of us all at the KWVR for your magnificent support, but choppy waters lie ahead and we will continue to need your support well into the future and, for that reason, our ‘Worth Saving’ appeal will remain open for your donations to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

If you would like to discuss making a donation to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal, please call our Appeal Coordinator on 07747 841476.

Make a donation to the 'Worth Saving' Appeal