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Fund Raising

The Great Western Society (Registered Charity Number 272616) was set up in 1962 to preserve, restore and operate, locomotives, rolling stock, and other equipment and artefacts from the Great Western Railway and its sucessors.  The greater part of that collection has created Didcot Railway Centre.

There’s several easy ways for you to help raise funds for the Great Western Society.

Fancy a Flutter?

South Oxfordshire charitable lottery logoAnd while your about it - support the Great Western Society!

We have partnered with the South Oxfordshire (SO) Charitable Lottery to raise funds.  Each SO Charitable Lottery ticket costs only £1 and 50p from each ticket goes straight into our funds. 

Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win with a top prize of £25,000 so, next time you fancy a flutter, why not help Didcot Railway Centre at the same time? 

Why not buy a ticket ?

SO Charitable Lottery is promoted by South Oxfordshire District Council, a Local Authority Lottery licensed by the Gambling Commission.

Shop Online and Raise Funds

If you shop on-line, you could help us financially at no cost to yourself.

Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Amazon, Argos, E-bay, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Screwfix, Ticketmaster, HMV and over 600 others. Just use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we'll receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!

It’s completely free to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the easyfundraising site. In fact you can even save money as many retailers offer discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' exclusive to easyfundraising.

If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you have to do as a purchaser is register with easyfundraising and select ‘Great Western Society’ as your cause. In future all you need do is go via their web site whenever you shop on-line.

So far, at no cost to ourselves, we have raised: £2,278.97

Search the Web and Raise Funds

You can also raise funds when you search the web - with easysearch. When you search the web with easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you’ll raise funds for us with every search you make. Just like easyfundraising it’s completely free to use and if you make just 10 searches a day, you could raise £20 a year - or more - for us, just by switching to easysearch.

What’s more, easysearch is a super search engine that combines the strengths of several search providers together and tracks down the most relevant and accurate results from across the web.

Why not try out easysearch and use it every time you search the web?

So far, at no cost to ourselves, we have raised: £372.41

Have you Considered your Legacy?

Over the years the Great Western Society has received a number of legacies/bequests and has been asked to provide suitable wording from members who wish to make bequests. A Legacy Guide (845kb .pdf file) has been prepared to assist those who may wish to make such bequests.

Contribute to a Specific Project

A lot of our larger projects have dedicated funds to provide support. A selection of brochures and forms are listed below:

50t Steam Crane (68 kB .pdf document)

1014 - County of Glamorgan (200kb .pdf file)

1466 - The original GWS locomotive (688 kb .pdf file)

Didcot Small Locomotive Restoration Fund (482 kb .pdf file)

Didcot Development Fund (1 Mb .pdf file)

2999 - Lady of Legend (88 kb .pdf file)

4079 - Pendennis Castle (143 kb .pdf file)

4709 Project - Rebirth of a Night Owl (481 kb .pdf file)

Ocean Saloons (140 kb .pdf file)

You can find information and news about many of the projects that are supported by these appeals in the Special Projects section of our Centre Guide.

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