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Tom and Bea's Big Walk

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Tom James

11 miles, one railway, one aging parent and one small girl. What could possibly go wrong?

Raising money for
Bluebell Railway Trust

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Nearly 140 years ago, a young man came to Horsted Keynes as a labourer, and found work constructing the Lewes & East Grinstead Railway. When the construction was over, and by now married to a local girl, he obtained a job on the same railway, and for the next 25 years he was involved in maintaining the track between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes of what is now the Bluebell Railway.

That man was my great grandfather. As a Bluebell Railway fireman, I am privileged to be able to work on our engines along that beautiful railway that he helped to construct and maintain. Now, I hope to do my bit to preserve the railway for the next decades of its existence. By sponsoring Bea and I in walking the eleven miles of the Bluebell Railway, you will help the railway ensure that the line can continue to operate for the enjoyment of future generations. We are aiming to raise £250 - enough to relay one foot of the railway. 

Update - 19 November

Made it! Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored us and to all the marshals at the event.

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Bluebell Railway Track Trek 2017

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Bluebell Railway's 5th sponsored "Track Trek", an 11 mile walk between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park stations on Saturday 18 November 2017.
The walk took place during the daytime, raising money for the Tr(ack) Action Appeal, that was formally launched in October.  This is an appeal set up to raise £250,000 for the renewal of track along parts of the Railway. The target for the Track Trek is to raise £15,000 which will buy a new 60 foot track panel.
A complimentary bus service operated to take trekkers from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead in the morning and then back to their original starting point at the end of the Track Trek.

Participants registered in advance for the Trek.  Details of this are available at

Event date

18-November-2017 00:00  - 
18-November-2017 23:59

Event type

Running / Walking

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Well done Bea & Tom.
Donation by David Freeman
on 20-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Well done you two!
Donation by Anonymous
on 20-11-2017
£15.00 gift aid
Well done, Tom and Bea. What's all this about out-pinking Mrs Hatpin??
Donation by Chris S
on 19-11-2017
£5.50 gift aid
To bring you up to £300
Donation by Glenn Wallis
on 18-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
I want to contribute to the Bluebell...I'm old enough to remember visiting the railway with my father in the very first year...that sentimental father:child attachment...such as yours...appeals....I hope you don't mind me latching on...
Donation by Dave White
on 18-11-2017
£2.75 gift aid
Good luck! Best wishes from Samuel & Hettie xxx
Donation by The Wongs
on 17-11-2017
£2.75 gift aid
Good luck Tom and Bea!
Donation by Anonymous
on 17-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Well done Tom
Donation by Anonymous
on 16-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Have a great walk for a good cause.
Donation by Dave Clarke
on 12-11-2017
£2.75 gift aid
Now you're over £200! Good luck with the walk!
Donation by Alison Rogers
on 11-11-2017
£1.25 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £407.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £407.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £474.00

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