The major fundraising event is open on both days from 11am – 4pm at 17 Brudenell Avenue, Lilliput, Poole BH13 and will include all the fun of railway, as well as extra side-stalls and a legendary hog roast. Entry to the event is by donation on the door and all proceeds will go to Lewis-Manning Hospice, who offer free specialist palliative nursing care to hundreds of local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
Luscombe Valley Steam is a special place representing one man’s lifetime dedication to steam and his ambition to keep the dream of steam alive. Richard Knott has lovingly and meticulously assembled the collection, which includes a five inch gauge, ground-level, passenger-carrying railway; a traction engine; a steam lorry; a full-sized steam car; and a 26ft steam launch (to name but a few of the attractions) in the grounds of his home in Lilliput, Poole. Richard opens his doors to the public four times a year to raise money for charity whilst at the same time give pleasure to both enthusiasts and the general public.
This year Richard and his wife Connie have nominated Lewis-Manning Hospice as their chosen charity of the year and will be donating all funds raised through their open days to the hospice and the last time they did it for Lewis-Manning they raised an incredible £10,000.
Sara Sheppard, Community Fundraiser at the hospice said, “We are thrilled to bits that Lewis-Manning is once again Luscombe Valley Railway’s chosen charity. It’s a perfect day out for all the family, with both children and adults alike love riding the trains and exploring the gardens. We really appreciate all the hard work and effort that Richard and Connie Knott, not to mention all their helpers, put in to make these open days such a success.”
The other open days Richard and Connie have planned to raise some of the much needed funds are: 7-8 September, 11am – 4pm, and 21 December, 11am – 4pm – meet Father Christmas whilst celebrating the up-and-coming festive season riding the rails. Please note; Saturday only.
For more information on Luscombe Valley Railway, visit www.luscomevalleysteam.com