Money floods in for Market Deeping Model Railway Club

Vandalised exhibitionImage copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club
Image caption The vandals ransacked the hall, smashing years of work

More than £40,000 has been raised in less than a day for a model railway club whose exhibition was destroyed by vandals.

Market Deeping Model Railway Club lost years of work in the raid in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on Saturday.

A fundraising page originally set up to raise £500 for the club has now made more than 80 times that amount with more than 2,600 donations.

Four youths were arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage.

Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club
Image caption Some of the exhibits had been worth thousands of pounds

The club had set up the exhibition at Welland Academy for viewing on Sunday.

Mr Davies, 70, the club’s chairman said: “We are just bowled over by people’s generosity, we are yet to come to terms with what it all means.

“We have no idea what we are going to do, we’ve had offers of layouts, stock, it’s just been unbelievable, it’s totally overwhelming.”

‘Lot of love’

There is to be a full meeting of the 43 members of the club on Monday evening, he said.

“Until then we have no idea what we are going to do.”

Explaining the big response to the appeal, he said “those involved know how long it takes to build, there’s a lot of love out there for the skill and dedication.”

Mr Davies revealed the club had also had 600 emails from around the world offering help.

“I’m sure things will be possible that have not been. Thanks everybody nothing will be wasted,” he added.

Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club
Image caption The club had set up an exhibition in the school for viewing on Sunday

Donations have come in from all over the world.

Michael H, from America who left a £95 donation, said: “As a fellow model railroader here in Washington State, I can only express my horror and sympathies for your losses.

“But do not let this deter you. Your passion for the hobby must prevail. Good luck.”

Amy, from New Zealand, said: “Just so incredibly sorry you’ve had to endure this. Please know that your dedication and talent and painstaking efforts are enormously admired.”

The arrested youths were released on Saturday evening on conditional bail pending further inquiries, Lincolnshire Police said.

Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club
Image caption More than £40,000 has already been pledged online for the club

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