Most of you will know that last November, The ELR made the bold decision to purchase Steam Locomotive 34092 CITY OF WELLS, a West Country Bulleid Pacific.
Since then, the railway has been undertaking fundraising activities, most notably offering various rewards subject to the amount a person donated.
With a rather chunky amount required to “complete” payment of the locomotive, The ELR launched a 4 month raffle ticket campaign to raise funds.
Their SUMMER Raffle Draw will run until Sunday July 8th when the draw will take place on the Sunday afternoon of the ELR DIESEL GALA.
With the above in mind, at a CFPS Committee meeting last Saturday, I proposed that we would NOT run our own Annual Raffle this year as it would clash with The ELR Raffle.
I felt that we should give The ELR every chance of success in achieving its fundraising goals, and I didn’t want CFPS to impeded their efforts or cause confusion by running our usual raffle at the same time.
For over 30 years, The ELR has given The CFPS fantastic help and support, and with this in mind the committee agreed to my suggestion.
I also suggested that we further help the ELR by sending 10 x Raffle Tickets to each CFPS Member and invite them to purchase the tickets as the top 4 prizes are extremely attractive.
Nobody in the CFPS Membership is duty bound to purchase the raffle tickets but if you could, it would be a strong indication of our appreciation and also of the bond that exists between The ELR and The CFPS.
There are 10 tickets, each priced at £1.
For those of you who would like to support the raffle, you can send payment and ticket stubs direct to The ELR, or alternatively you can post or hand them to me and I will ensure they are handed over.
I am also happy to accept payment on behalf of ELR and if you want to pay the funds direct into CFPS Bank Account, I will then transfer the funds across to The ELR.
Yes, taking payment and receiving raffle tickets stubs on behalf of ELR is extra work for me, but I totally endorse their decision to purchase CITY OF WELLS and want to help The ELR as much as possible.
I hope many, if not all of you will support the raffle, but if you choose not to do so, I understand.. Would you please though be kind enough to send any unsold raffle tickets back to me.
My address is….
38 WATKINS DRIVE, PRESTWICH, MANCHESTER M25 ODS
Thanks for listening and for those of you that do participate in the draw, good luck with it and remember the CFPS if you win the £340.92 !!