10th September 2021 admin

The Downs Light Railway Trust is delighted and honoured to receive match funding from The Helping Hand Company and the very generous donations from supporters of the Isherwood family’s 48 hour fitness challenge. The collective £50,000 provides 25% of the funding required to complete our Centenary Development Programme. This funding will go towards facilitating greater practical learning opportunities for young people, supporting and promoting career development into heritage railway, national railway, and STEM-related industries.

“The trustees and I absolutely indebted to the Isherwood family, to those who supported their fundraiser, and to The Helping Hand company for generously agreeing to match the funding with such a large donation. This effort has provided one quarter of the overall funding required for our Centenary Development Programme. We move one significant step forwards in realising something quite special.” Timothy E. Pennock, Chairman, Downs Light Railway Trust

Thomas (16 years old) and Lucy (14 years old), who both are active members of the Downs Light Railway, were given the target of raising £2,000 over a couple of months. In return, the The Helping Hand Company promised to match their fundraising by twenty times. Supported by their parents, they promoted the fundraising effort and produced a running update of their 24 hour cycle. At the end of their 24 hours, they had smashed their target and raised £2,350!