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We urgently need to raise £1.5 million to enable the SVR to overcome the current financial crisis and implement longer-term plans for its future. Without this help, the SVR may not survive into next year.

We want to reassure our supporters and visitors that our programme of events and services this year is as vibrant as ever. It is crucially important to us to continue to attract visitors, as this will play a huge part in getting us through the challenges we face. We’re confident we can deliver on and surpass visitor expectations in 2023.

In common with most heritage organisations, the SVR has been profoundly affected by changes in the financial climate caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, post-Brexit supply chain issues and the cost-of-living crisis. We’ve seen rapid rises in the cost of utilities, fuel (including coal and diesel) and supplies across the board. These have been compounded by staff shortages and a fall in visitor numbers. This has now placed the SVR at serious financial risk.

We have been as agile as possible in reacting to this fast-changing environment, reviewing and re-planning all aspects of the business and reducing costs – and there’s more detail on the steps we’ve taken here. However, it is now crystal clear that the SVR needs an urgent injection of funds, combined with a different way of running the business in order to survive the coming year and beyond. This will enable the organisation to implement longer-term plans, to enable the SVR to adapt to the new economic environment, and for these measures to have an impact.

In partnership with SVR (Holdings) Plc and the SVR Company Ltd, the SVR Charitable Trust has launched its Survival Fund appeal.

Please donate whatever amount you feel able to. If you are a taxpayer, you can increase your donation by 25%, at no extra cost to you, by ticking the ‘Gift Aid’ box.

All funds raised will be used for the benefit of the Railway in accordance with the objects and aims of the SVR Charitable Trust, and we are extremely grateful for your support.

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