The Erlestoke Manor Fund has said that it has received more than £15,000 in donations and share purchases for its “2 for 2020” Appeal.
Additionally, the Fund will be able to claim Gift Aid on the donations which will boost the value given.
With both locomotives out of action, the trustees at the Erlestoke Manor Fund decided to launch an appeal to raise funds for 7802 Bradley Manor and 7812 Erlestoke Manor.
Whilst the pandemic put paid to seeing 7802 or 7812 in steam in 2020, the appeal made a difference in making sure that the repairs to both locomotives could continue despite the circumstances.
The appeal raised funds needed for new piston heads and rods for both 7802 and 7812, as well as allowing contract staff to continue on 7812’s overhaul.
The machined cylinder blocks for 7802 Bradley Manor have been delivered recently to Tyseley Locomotive Works which will allow repairs on the GWR Manor to progress in 2021.
Adrian Hassell, Deputy Chair of Erlestoke Manor Fund, is absolutely delighted with the outcome of the appeal, particularly as the pandemic impacted for so much of 2020 and comments “The EMF is very grateful to each and every supporter of the appeal. Our regular share purchase schemes remain open and available, with new members always welcome. As the EMF heads into 2021, watch out for exciting new projects which are in store once 7802 and 7812 are back on the road, steaming again”.
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