How you can help us
The Current Fundraising Appeal is to help us re-engage our skilled staff and volunteers to get the railway “back to normal” after the coronavirus, when we face a period with lower than normal income, while our normal running costs will still have to be met. You can donate here.
Bluebell Railway is a not-for-profit railway, and there are many way in which you can support us:
The most fundamental support you can give is through joining the BRPS, and in this way you become a part of the heart of the Railway. It is from the large supporting membership that the railway draws its strength. In exchange for your membership you receive our quarterly magazine, Bluebell News and various other benefits as set out on the membership page.
Membership is a precondition of working on the railway as a volunteer. By becoming involved not only can you put a lot more into the railway, but you’ll also get a lot out of it. Whilst the Railway has some full-time staff, most functions are undertaken by volunteers (and indeed many aspects are handled exclusively by volunteers). The railway could not operate without its volunteers. There is a niche for everyone, please visit our volunteering page to find out more.
Support via the Bluebell Railway Trust
Our own Registered Charity, No.292497, The Bluebell Railway Trust is able to accept legacies, covenants, gift-aid donations or CAF vouchers, either for the Trust’s general funds or for specific projects which fall within its remit. Some fund raising appeals are undertaken through the Trust, and the ability for the Trust to reclaim £25 of tax on every £100 given under Gift Aid, together with the potential projects which legacies (exempt of inheritance tax) enable us to undertake, are some of the principal benefits the Trust brings.
A donation form is available (you can specify which project you’d like the funds to go to) or you can give online.
Support one of our fundraising appeals
At present the Trust is actively seeking funding for the CV Emergency Appeal, Cash for Cover (OP4) Appeal, Keep up the Pressure Appeal, the Bluebell Atlantic Project, the provision of Apprentice positions in the locomotive workshops, as well as general donations towards many other worthwhile Bluebell Railway projects, such as the overhaul of the Schools Class No. 928 “Stowe”, the Standard Class 2 project, the Steam Crane, the SR Maunsell Dining Saloon, SECR P-class No. 27 and 9F No. 92240.
Shop with us
We have gift shops at Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, as well as the Carriage Shop at Horsted Keynes.
You can also shop online here.
Other ways to support us:
Visit EasyFundraising (you need to sign up to support the Bluebell Railway). This is another way of supporting us at no cost to yourself. Through this portal you will find many on-line retailers, shops, hotels and other suppliers who are prepared to donate to us when you buy something through this link.