Awards

Innovative Fundraising Award

Presented by the Heritage Railway Association in March 2022 for the most innovative fundraising idea during the COVID-19 pandemic. This award is a heritage and tourism railway industry annual award.
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Shortlisted with the 502 Preservation Trust and the Bluebell Railway, the Downs Light Railway Trust won from the efforts of two children, Thomas and Lucy Isherwood. Thomas and Lucy raised £2K on the back of a 24 hour cycling challenge, streaming the event on social media, and negotiated match funding to £50K from local business as a result of completing their challenge.
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Small Groups Award

Presented by the Heritage Railway Association in March 2021 for our achievements with youth engagement. This award is a heritage and tourism railway industry annual award.
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Shortlisted with the Southern Electric Traction Group CIC, Hull and Barnsley Railway Stock Fund, Tarka Valley Railway CIO, Bahamas Locomotive Society, East Somerset Railway, Great Central Railway, the Downs Light Railway Trust won from making Downs Light Railway more accessible to the public, engaging with other heritage railways and contributing to the industry on youth engagement topics.
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