George Bairstow Charitable Trust supports HRPS Junior Days – for 2017

In February 2017 the George Bairstow Charitable Trust made a donation of £3,400 to cover the cost of running the Junior’s Day project at Helston Railway for 2017.

The donation is to specifically cover the cost of safety gear for the students, tools and equipment, materials used and transportation costs (including the cost of running the trains to support the activity).

The funding is expected to cover all the outstanding costs of organising the Junior Days in 2017.

March 2018 - you can see the PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and some of the tools we have purchased using the George Bairstow funds in the pictures below.  The young lads are working on the restoration of our steam engine - the William Murdoch.

More pictures of their work can be found on the Junior Days news pages - follow this link - Student News

Going the Extra Mile

At the Railway we are all volunteers – we appreciate the work that our volunteers do for the Railway and for the community in general.

George Bairstow was a volunteer – he lived his life to help and support others.  
He volunteered with St John Ambulance, tragically losing his life while returning home after volunteering on bonfire night in 2013.

George was just 26 when he died.

The George Bairstow Charitable Trust was set-up by his family and friends with the specific objective of encouraging young people to volunteer, emulating George’s commitment to the community.

If you would like to know more about the Trust – and make a donation to help their work – follow this link.

Junior Days – 1 Sunday a month

The Railway has been supporting young people through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, Prince’sTrust, Scouts and local Colleges for many years by arranging ad-hoc visits and working days.

Starting is December 2016, the Junior Day scheme provides a regular schedule for young people to join us at the railway to help with construction, engineering, maintenance work, painting plus much more.

And in a disciplined environment that is subject to all the normal controls of an operational railway.

The plan is to support up to 20 volunteers on one Sunday each month.

“The idea behind this is to develop the young people’s skills and experience base, as well as looking at the long-term future of the railway and bringing the next generation of Heritage Railway Volunteers through the ranks.” Said Paul Hawken, Training Manager at the Railway.

George Bairstow Charitable Trust

“The George Bairstow Trust is delighted to support the Helston Railway’s Junior Day,” said Maria Bairstow, Trustee.  “George was an engineer – he loved learning about machines and how they work.  The Trust hopes that its investment will encourage more young people to get involved in their community and learn engineering skills.”


Letter notifying us of the grant - click here

George Bairstow Charitable Trust Web site - click here