Vandalism of the Market Deeping Model Railway Exhibition at Stamford Welland Academy on May 18, saw a Just Giving crowdfunding page established with the aim of raising £500 for the club. By 9.30 on Monday May 20 the fund had raised over £40,000. By the middle of the week the fund stood at more than £90,000 and was still climbing as we published this story. The event had reached national news with the BBC, Sky and Good Morning Britain as well as gaining coverage in the London Evening Standard and through local media channels.
The Market Deeping Model Railway Exhibition is held annually in Stamford. Exhibitors and traders had set up on May 17, but youths – who have since been arrested and released on bail pending further police enquiries – allegedly broke in and destroyed model railways, rolling stock, locomotives and trade stands. The police were alerted and the arrests were made at 4am on May 18. Visit the Market Deeping MRC website for images of the vandalism.
In the statement from Market Deeping MRC Secretary Brian Norris on the Just Giving page, he said: “Market Deeping Model Railway Club needs your help to rebuild. We have held our annual show in Stamford for the last 12 years. Months of planning goes into the show and years of work goes into building the layout. Imagine our horror and grief when we were greeted by this scene of absolute devastation on the morning of 18th May 2019. Some of the models on display are irreplaceable and whilst money cannot possibly replace the hours of painstaking effort that has been so wantonly destroyed, we would ask that you make a donation, no matter how small, to help us get back on our feet. Please accept our thanks in advance.”
Floods of support have come through over the weekend with more than 5,000 people supporting the Just Giving page for the club.
For more information visit the Market Deeping MRC’s Just Giving page.