Use charity website to raise funds for Bluebell Railway this Christmas

ONLINE Christmas shoppers are being urged to buy their presents through leading charity website easyfundraising.org.uk and raise money for the Bluebell Railway.

The Bluebell Railway has now raised more than £5,000 through online charity shopping and is hoping Christmas spending will boost its funds.

Each online purchase raises an average of 5% of the total spend for the line and easyfundraising.org.uk is on target to give away £1 million to charities this year.

The railway is a heritage railway line that runs steam trains for nine miles along the border Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes between the East and West Sussex countryside.

With a collection of more than 30 locomotives resident on the line, Bluebell Railway has one of largest collections of steam trains in the UK with almost 150 carriages and wagons.

In 2010 it marked its 50th anniversary and launched a new appeal to help connect the steam heritage railway with the national network via its platform at East Grinstead station.

Up to October this year, 70,000 tonnes of waste have been removed for the new line.

The organisation needs almost £1 million to complete the project and establish the Bluebell Railway in East Grinstead.