Fundraising is one of the SRT's two main activities and it is vital to the further development of the Swanage Railway since the SRC's commercial activities primarily cover the cost of operating and maintaining the trains and infrastructure. Virtually all the railway as seen today has been achieved through Trust fundraising.
The Trust fundraising activities cover the spectrum from coffee mornings, sponsored walks, fetes, the Annual Draw and Internet shopping. The Trust is also keen to be considered for legacies and actively seeks grants where these are available.
The following sections outline a number of fundraising initiatives related to some major projects as well as those to aid the general development of the railway.
A link is provided for some appeals which enables you to make an immediate donation if you wish. We appreciate any help you can give us to meet the Trust's objective to preserve and extend the Swanage Railway. We would be grateful if UK tax payers would consider completing a gift aid form to enable us to reclaim an additional 28% from HM Revenue and Customs at no cost to the donor.
You can download a Gift Aid form HERE.
The Swanage Railway Trust (SRT) is the registered charity (number 1087318) that controls the Swanage Railway via its trading subsidiary, the Swanage Railway Company (SRC).
The Annual Draw has been one of the Swanage Railway Trust's longest running and most successful appeals. Tickets are available to members and supporters and can be requested by telephoning the Membership Department on 01929 475202 or by writing to Liz Sellen, Membership Department, Swanage Railway Trust, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB. Liz can also be contacted via email at:
The 2016 Draw will take place on Sunday 16th October 2016. This year’s first prize is £1,000 in cash with a range of attractive runner-up prizes.
For as little as £1 per week, you can support the Swanage Railway Trust and you can also ensure much needed funds are available as our railway grows - every lottery entry helps. You may also win £10,000 per day!
Click on the logo to visit our new on-line dedicated page, with simple instructions on playing our exciting Weather Lottery game today!
Just use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we'll receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple! Use easysearch every time you search the Web and support the Swanage Railway completely free of cost to you.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is an international non-governmental foundation that exists to provide services to charities and their donors. The services offered to donors include the ability to set up and run an account to provide flexibility in making donations (including handling gift aid). A number of other specialist services are also provided including the ability to make donations internationally or anonymously as well as services to handle bequests and legacies.
Donations may be made to the SRT via either the CAF donor Web site (All About Giving) or through the Give Now portal they operate in conjunction with the AOL Time Warner Foundation.
More information about CAF can be found here.
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The Big Give showcases the work of over 9,000 charities. We run a wide variety of innovative programmes which help our charities raise further income whilst enabling donors to increase the impact of their donations.
The 200 Club has a long and successful history of raising funds for major capital projects around the Swanage Railway. Thanks to these funds we have recently seen the repainting of Corfe Castle Station buildings and installation of a new fibre optic cabling from Corfe Castle to Norden ticket office and Crossing box. A small project in the pipeline is the reconstruction of the external canopy over Swanage station entrance on the bus station side. Other projects will be considered for funding shortly. The 200 Club is only open to current members of SRT who pay a regular sum to enter a monthly draw with prizes that have recently been increased in 2016. The current Secretary is David Saunders who is retiring at the end of 2016 and then Peter Parascandolo will become Secretary.