GCR Canal Bridge Appeal reaches £110,000

The Great Central Railway's appeal for funds to repair a Victorian bridge in Loughborough has passed the one hundred and ten thousand pound mark.

The rapid climb from the previous total followed a successful 'Money Match' promotion during March 2018. The 'Crossing the Canal' appeal is the latest fundraising for an exciting railway reunification project which will one day create an eighteen mile heritage line across the East Midlands.

The appeal has a target of four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds. The money will be spent on bridge works to allow heritage trains to cross the Grand Union canal in Loughborough; the latest stage of the reunification project which has already seen a new bridge built over the Midland Main Line.

"The response to the Money Match March promotion was staggering," said GCR Managing Director Michael Gough. "A fund of twenty five thousand pounds was made available, to match donations pound for pound in March up to £25,000. Ultimately that was cleared by someway, with hundreds of donations arriving online and through the post, taking us up to our latest running total of £110,000. We'd like to thank everyone who has supported the appeal so far. We have had so much interest in the reunification project and it is very humbling."

Leaflets about the project and the canal bridge appeal are set to appear in national magazines in the coming months.

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