Posted: 22.08.19 at 19:43 by The Editor
Market Deeping Model Railway Club says the overwhelming generosity it's been shown since the devastating destruction of a vandal attack has helped it bounce back with exciting plans for the future.
Club chairman Peter Davies has revealed that the tremendous support received, through financial and 'in kind' donations, will allow them to set up a charitable trust which will give a huge boost to railway modelling projects in the area.
He was speaking to Deepings Nub News in the week that the parents of three youths who pleaded guilty at Lincoln Youth Court to wrecking displays at the annual exhibition were ordered to pay £500 each in compensation. Sentencing involving a fourth youth was adjourned until September 2.
The teenage boys went on the rampage at Stamford Welland Academy in the early hours of Saturday May 18, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
But Peter insists that, rather than being shattered by the incident, the club is determined to move forwards, rebuild, design and build anew.
"We have, through hard work, met all exhibition commitments we have made and are embarking on exciting new projects for the future. By October, we hope to have as many as 60 young people involved in youth railway modelling projects across the area," he said.
"With the generosity we have received, a charitable trust is being established with three prime objects: to support those directly impacted by the disaster; to establish youth railway modelling projects primarily in our area; and to develop education projects related to the history, heritage, development and skills involved in railway modelling. Some of those projects will involve joint working with charities which support youngsters with a variety of disabilities.
"In all senses it has been an emotional rollercoaster for all of us. Emotional at the time of the disaster. Emotional since, hearing the stories of those donating so generously to us as to why and how those donations have come about. Much of that has been heart-rending too."
He added that a sense of being strong for and with each other had helped club members 'hold it together'.
"Developing and working on new projects, seeing the amazing generosity and support of so many people from across the world has buoyed us up through some pretty horrific times."