Severn Valley raises £10k in just a week for vandalised coaches


BIG-hearted supporters of the Severn Valley Railway raised £10,000 in just a week following the launch of an emergency appeal to rectify damage by graffiti vandals to a pair of coaches.

The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust launched the appeal to meet the costs of rectifying the damage caused when vandals sprayed paint along the sides of the heritage vehicles on Christmas Day, the only day that the line was closed over the festive period.

Derek Stagg, Hugh McQuade, John Beck and James Broughton celebrate the success of the £10,000 appeal during their tea break at the Kidderminster workshops. SVRCT

Trust director Shelagh Paterson said: “The speed and generosity of the response we’ve received shows us just how shocked people were when the news of this awful incident broke.

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“It also shows the depth of their passion for the SVR, and everything it stands for. Keeping our heritage alive and accessible is clearly very important to the wide range of people who’ve come forward to add their support.

“With the exception of a handful of larger amounts, most of the donations we received were between £10 and £25. Each one was a vote of confidence in the sterling skills of the SVR’s restoration volunteers and staff, and we are so grateful to everyone for their support.”

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