DFRS Emergency Fund
Following the onset of the Coronavirus outbreak in March 2020, the Dean Forest Railway has had little choice but to close temporarily until the end of April (and potentially longer). Help us to keep the DFR on its feet, and preserve 50 years of hard work!
On Monday 16th March 2020, the Dean Forest Railway announced the suspension of services until May, after just one weekend of the new running season. Following Governmental advice that the public should not undertake non-essential travel and to avoid social gatherings where possible, it was felt that there was no other alternative to protect the safety of both visitors and volunteers alike. Unfortunately, the daily overheads of a 4 and a quarter mile long heritage railway do not stop when trains do, and with this loss of income the Railway now faces a severe threat to its existence. This is made all the more disappointing when 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the inauguration of the original Dean Forest Railway Preservation Society. As such, we are appealing to the public and our valued supporters for much-needed funds to help secure the existence of our Railway for future generations to enjoy. In light of our 50th Anniversary, we are seeking a target of £50,000 which should be enough to cover the majority of fixed costs over the next few months.
How to Help
Cheque / Cash
We are always happy to accept donations directly. The address to send any physical donations to is:
Dean Forest Railway Society,
109 Victoria Street,
Cheques must be addressed to 'Dean Forest Railway Society'. We would be most grateful if you could supply your contact details so that we may acknowledge your donation.
You can donate £10 by texting DFRS to 70191.
For this service, donations are processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating as DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org
There are two ways to donate to the DFRS online. You can transfer funds via online banking to the following bank details:
Sort code: 30-91-87
Account no.: 01931161
Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal using the link below:
When donating online, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send us an email at - that way we can make a note of where the money has come from, and also thank you for your contribution!
By submitting an online Gift Aid form, we are able to claim 25% of the value of your donation from HMRC, at no expense to yourself. You can do this by following the link below:
Update 06/04/20: We have now raised over £11,000 across all channels! Thanks to all who have donated so far.