Miniature railway raises nearly £3,000 for children’s hospital

Riley’s Miniature Railway at the Lavender Line in Isfield has sent a cheque for nearly £3,000 to the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

The money was raised through through 50p rides and donations during 2019, the best year yet for the railway.

Graham Lelliott, one of the volunteers who run the railway, said they were really pleased with the total because it was mostly made up from loose change. “It’s amazing how it all adds up and of course it is going to a very good cause.”

Pictured at Riley’s Miniature Railway at the Lavender Line, Isfield, are Riley Lewis his father Darryl and grandmother Sandra.

Last year the volunteers organised a Crowdfunding appeal to help pay for the railway’s maintenance costs.

They were pleased to receive nearly £1,500 in donations, particularly because it meant they could continue to give 100% of the money raised in fares to the children’s hospital.

• Riley’s Miniature Railway was set up by Larry and Sandra Lewis as a way of thanking the hospital for the constant care received by their grandson Riley who was born with six separate heart defects.

It is one of the few, ground level, five inch gauge railways open to the public in the UK and considered to be the smallest practical ride on track gauge.

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