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Welcome to the SVR Charitable Trust

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Chairman's Statement

We are shortly to release our annual accounts for 2013-2014, which will be available on our website; however, I wanted to share with you our loyal Members a précis of our successes during that period.

In particular, the Charitable Trust has received just over £204,000 in major gifts and grants, £83,000 in regular gifts and donations and £131,000 towards our endowment, the SVR Future Fund. This level of income has meant that we have been able to financially support the Severn Valley Railway in the following ways:

  • Heritage Skills Training Academy: 

To date the SVR Charitable Trust has secured funds of £158,250.  This funding has been a huge financial support to the Academy since its inception last year, and we are extremely proud to be helping to fund the 8 apprentices.

  • Locomotive ‘4930” Hagley Hall

We were successful in securing £95,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund, which will help finance the restoration of the classic Great Western Railway 4-6-0 locomotive 4930 ‘Hagley Hall’. 

  • SVR Future Fund endowment

The Heritage Lottery Fund also awarded the SVR Charitable Trust a match-funding grant of £500,000 to set up an endowment which will support the long-term financial resilience of the SVR.  For every £1 acquired in private donations, the Heritage Lottery Fund will match it with £1, up to the value of £500,000, giving us the opportunity to raise a total of £1million for the endowment fund by 2016.

  • Ludlow Race Course Charity Day

We were successful in becoming the chosen charity for the 2014 Ludlow Charity Race Day, and on Thursday, 10th April 2014, 600 guests attended the day, the largest number the Racecourse has ever seen for a Charity Day and through their generosity the day raised £62,000. The money raised is for the SVR Future Fund endowment and will therefore benefit from the “£ for £” matching highlighted above.  

  • Other Fundraising Projects

We have not ignored our original remit of supporting the rolling stock belonging to the SVR Charitable Trust.  Most notably, in our LNER fleet, Open Third coach 43600 benefitted from new LNER profile seating, upholstery and luggage racks and will now see service again this season. Kitchen Composite coach 7960 now has enough funds to complete the kitchen by Spring 2015, thanks to two very generous benefactors. Brake Third coach 70759 and the LMS 2886, our historic 6-wheel Brake, are both on target for completion in 2 years’ time.

And finally…

The SVR Charitable Trust continues to develop its skills and successes in fundraising, much of which would not be possible without the commitment of our five regular volunteers and three part time staff whose dedication has been key to the achievements in 2013-2014. 

The focus for next year will be to continue recruiting new supporters, and we hope that many SVR Members will feel inspired to join us. We will also continue to focus on securing income from Trusts, Foundations, Major Donors and Companies for the continued funding of the Heritage Skills Training Academy and the restoration of rolling stock and infrastructure.  Regular cash and in-memory donations remain crucial parts of our work, along with the promotion of legacy giving as an option for our loyal and passionate Members and Shareholders of the Railway.

Thank you, and on behalf of the volunteers including all the Trustees, and the part-time staff a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year to you.

Hugh McQuade
Chairman of SVR Charitable Trust


Upcoming Events

The SVR Charitable Trust will be holding the following dates for 2015

Corporate Partnership Club Observation Saloon Day, 19th March

A day to thank our existing Corporate Partners for supporting the Railway and we will also be inviting other organisations interested in the Corporate Partnership Club to join us and understand in more detail the benefits of joining.  

Spring Steam Gala, 20th-22nd March

Please visit us at the SVR Charitable Trust stand during this great three day event for anyone with affection for steam, with visiting locomotives and an intensive timetable.

Members & Shareholders Weekend, 11th & 12th April

A Lasting Tribute.  We will be launching a new “Thank You” to our kind supporters who have left a gift in their Will to the SVR Charitable Trust.  We are offering donors who intend to leave a gift in their Will of over £25,000 the use of the glorious observation salon for their closest family and friends to commemorate the life achievements of the donor.  Family members can chose to have their loved one’s ashes scattered down the line or placed in the firebox.

Guardians VIP Day, May 19th

A day to thank our Guardians for their generosity in leaving a gift in Will to the Charitable Trust where we will also be discussing a special “Thank You” designed to provide a lasting tribute to our SVR Guardians.

Worcester Race Day, June 24th

Join us at the picturesque Worcester Race Course, for the SVR Charitable Trust Race Day, where you can dine in style and enjoy the racing whilst helping to raise funds for the Charitable Trust.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations at the West Midlands Safari Park, 17th July

Anniversary Dinner at Spring Grove House, West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley. Guest Speaker Paul Atterbury (Antiques Roadshow and Railway Expert). Tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

Patrons Day – Engine House, 17th September

In conjunction with the Autumn Steam Gala preview day we will be holding a special event at Highley Visitor and Education Centre to thank all our Patrons for their ongoing support of the SVR Charitable Trust.

Autumn Steam Gala, 18th - 20th September

Visit the SVR Charitable Trust stand at this fantastic four day event, a must for steam enthusiasts with a great line-up of visiting locomotives and all-night train service.

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