Crossing the Canal appeal reaches £40k

The Great Central Railway’s appeal for funds to repair a Victorian bridge in Loughborough has passed the forty thousand pound mark. The ‘Crossing the Canal’ appeal is the latest fundraising for an exciting railway reunification project which will one day create an 18-mile heritage line across the East Midlands.

The elegant bridge, which once carried trains across the Grand Union Canal on the north east side of Loughborough is set to be repaired when funds are available. The appeal has a target of £475,000.

“To have reached just shy of ten per cent of our target in under three months is truly humbling,” said GCR Managing Director Michael Gough. “We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the appeal so far. We have had so much interest in the reunification project.”

Already enthusiasts and the local community helped to raise money towards the construction of a new railway bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough. This will one day carry Great Central heritage trains between the two existing halves of the GCR. Several other pieces of infrastructure need to be repaired or replaced. Once the project is completed, trains will run between the outskirts of Leicester and Nottingham.

To take the total raised even higher, during March 2018, a ‘money match’ campaign is running. Donations to the appeal during March will be matched pound for pound up to twenty five thousand pounds. “When we last held a Money Match March, for the new Main Line bridge,” continued Michael, “the response was incredible. People loved the idea of making their contribution go further. If the new fund is fully subscribed, we’ll be able to move the total up by another fifty thousand pounds and be even closer to crossing the canal.”

To find out more about the canal bridge appeal, the reunification project AND to make a donation online, head to www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify. Donations received online, or through the post in March 2018 will be matched pound for pound up to £25,0000.