A fund-raising campaign to help Market Deeping Model Railway Club recover from a vandalism attack on Saturday raised over £45,000 in just over 24 hours.
Update Monday 20th May: The amount raised has now passed £64,000 with modellers around the world joining in to support the club. Those donating include Sir Rod Stewart who has, according to the BBC, given £10,000 and asked other celebrity model railway enthusiasts to donate.
Brian Norris, Secretary of the Market Deeping Model Railway Club, said “Market Deeping Model Railway Club needs your help to rebuild. We have held our annual show in Stamford for the last 12 years. Months of planning goes into the show and years of work goes into building the layout. Imagine our horror and grief when we were greeted by this scene of absolute devastation on the morning of 18th May 2019.
Some of the models on display are irreplaceable and whilst money cannot possibly replace the hours of painstaking effort that has been so wantonly destroyed, we would ask that you make a donation, no matter how small, to help us get back on our feet.”
The original target of the campaign was to raise £500 but within 24 hours the amount raised passed £45,000 as modellers around the world joined to help the club.
To donate, visit the Just Giving page.
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