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Donations to save the Paddle Steamer Waverley have now exceed £500,000 following the iconic steamship’s withdrawal from service earlier this summer.
The major appeal which was officially launched in June aims to raise the £2.3 million needed to reboiler the Waverley and return her to service in 2020.
Waverley general manager Paul Semple said: ‘Thanks to the fantastic public response to our Save The Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal, we have reached a key milestone in our fundraising campaign.
‘More than 4,000 individuals have donated with some of our core supporters giving a once in a lifetime donation, knowing we urgently need funds to secure Waverley’s future. In addition, we have received offers of help from several organisations and companies, but we will need further help to get Waverley’s paddles turning again.’
Several fundraising events have taken place in the towns and villages which Waverley serves. People at Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae showed great support to four-year-old Ethan Pringle last weekend by donating more than £1,600 when he undertook a 10-mile trip round the island in his wheelchair to collect funds for Waverley.
Mr Semple added: ‘With the new boilers already on order we must increase our efforts to secure further funding to allow our plans to progress which will see Waverley undergo major surgery commencing in January.
‘I am exceptionally grateful to everyone who has come forward to help us Save The Waverley and with continued support she will sail again. We simply can’t allow her to remain static. She is the sole survivor and I know so many people are willing her to succeed.’
The Waverley is berthed in Glasgow where preparation works are ongoing.
Donations to the Boiler Refit Appeal can be made online at waverleyexcursions.co.uk or by calling 0141 243 2224 or by texting STEAM £20 to 70085. All donations made directly to Waverley Excursions will be recorded on a donor wall on board.