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|North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), the setting for Channel 5’s hit programme, The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard, is giving people the chance to win experiences through an auction.|
The NYMR is giving away prizes such as dining on a Pullman with the popular real-life character Piglet, accompanying the General Manager Chris on a Footplate along the heritage line, or experiencing a week’s stay in the Levisham camping coach, all in a bid to keep Britain’s busiest steam railway on track.
The popular heritage attraction has made no secret of the big financial hit that COVID-19 has had on the railway so the charity is launching an online auction, which bidding can commence from 27 April at 11am. There are some incredible prizes under the virtual hammer, enabling members of the public to place their bids and be in with a chance of winning.
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The charity’s General Manager, Chris Price, comments: “We’re not one to rest on our laurels and given the current climate, and the emotional and mental toll that coronavirus is having, we wanted to do something proactive and productive to try and raise some vital funds to keep us steaming on in the future”.
“Not to mention to try and provide a bit of light relief in these gloomy times. Piglet and I have a bit of a bet going on between ourselves to see whose auction will raise the most money for the railway – this isn’t about the money it’s about who’s more popular on the TV programme, so I’m dearly hoping it will be me.”
“We’ve projected a loss of over £1 million over the forthcoming weeks and we’re doing everything we can behind the scenes to give ourselves a fighting chance to carry on, but we really do need to raise some money to keep going. Anyone that bids and wins can rest assured that 100% of their donation will go directly to helping secure a future for the railway.”
Take a look at the auction and all the prizes you could win here.