Locals from Poole have launched a crowdfunding page in order to raise £68,000 to save Poole Park Railway.
This comes after the owner of the park; Chris Bullen was ordered by Poole council to remove the track by March 1st 2017.
So far the page has raised £2166 which is only three percent of their target. The site explains that if their target is not met they will donate all the money raised to three charities: Forest Holmes hospice Poole, Julia’s house in Broadstone and The Teenage Caner Trust.
Poole Park Railway recently attracted media attention after locals noticed a Virgin sticker attached to one of the train carriages. An online campaign for Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to save a historic railway attraction in Poole followed.
The Branson campaign
The railway, built in 1949 and built by George Vimpany, was taken apart yesterday (18/1/2016) after the landlord announced the end of the tenancy – giving Bullen 24 hours to remove it.
Fans of the railway noticed a Virgin logo sticker on one of the train carriages and kick started the campaign, begging Richard Branson to help with the fundraising.
Commenting on the campaign, Bullen told the Bournemouth Echo: “I know Mr Branson has some links with Southampton so he is almost local and I think it would be great if he chose to get involved to help us.”
However, as they weren’t aware that their branded sticker was being used, Bullen was doubtful of whether Virgin would help.
Branson and the Virgin Group have yet to comment on any involvement with the park.