Ways to Donate

Your generosity, big or small, is essential for our survival. Without your donations and support we wouldn’t be able to preserve our railway for future generations. Any donation you can give is greatly appreciated – and there are lots of ways you can help.

Donate online

It’s quick and easy to donate to our fundraising goals online. You can send us a one off donation or a regular monthly amount. If you’re a UK taxpayer, you can even add Gift Aid to your donation so we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate.

Donate by standing order

Set up a small regular donation of any amount you choose, and you’ll know you’re doing your part to support the ELR and railway preservation every month.

Leave a gift in your will

Help us keep the ELR open and operational for the next generation by leaving us a gift in your will. It’s a lovely way to preserve your memory and our heritage. Our partners at Latimer Lee LLP will even help you write a basic will free of charge in return for a small donation to the ELR.

Other Ways to Support ELR

Remembering Loved Ones

If you would like to remember family and friends at the East Lancashire Railway, your support for our ongoing fundraising efforts would be greatly appreciated. Though we don’t currently have availability for individual memorial benches or plaques, this may well change in time and with facility extensions.

A plaque commemorating all the Pioneers, working members and supporters, past and present, has been erected on Platform 2 and we lay a wreath in their memory every year.

Join our raffle

We hold regular raffles to raise funds for the railway. You can support us by buying tickets – and you might just win a brilliant prize!

Shop Online

If you shop online, you can support the ELR every time you buy something! Just sign up for free at Easyfundraising, and then start your shopping there. Search for the website you want, click through and shop as normal. We then get a small referral fee to say thank you for your business!

Shop on Amazon

Amazon makes regular donations to charities every time you shop with them too! All you have to do is pick the ELR as your chosen charity, and then shop via their app or via smile.amazon.co.uk. You buy as normal using your same Amazon account, and they do the rest. We get 0.5% of every order you make.

Help us restore the Jinty

We need your help. We are looking to complete the restoration of LMS Jinty 47324 (affectionately known as “Jimmy”) to help provide locomotive operations along the ELR for future generations.

We hope to be able to enhance the progress of this engine’s restoration with the aim of seeing her on our track by 2023. Any donations would be appreciated. Jinty JustGiving Page