Llangollen Railway

Llangollen Railway receives £161k National Lottery Heritage fund

Llangollen Railway has received £161,000 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the heritage railway.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will support Llangollen Railway through the coming difficult winter months and to help with the implementation of the recent Governance review. 

Llangollen Railway

Since the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions came into force in March, Llangollen Railway has been working to raise funds to ensure the survival of the railway.

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Liz McGuinness, General Manager at Llangollen Railway, said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now look forward to a secure future for our heritage railway and we can continue to support our local economy.

“We’re grateful that the National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.” 

National Lottery providing emergency funding

The money pledged to Llangollen, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund.

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Around £50 million was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector. 

The UK-wide fund aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery. 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis. 

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“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Llangollen Railway during this uncertain time.” 

Like Llangollen Railway, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors. 

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance.

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By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK. 

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