What is The Chris Ellicott Fund? Mike Peascod explains
We are all getting on, and I, for one, am feeling it as much if not more than others. The ageing
process means that you are not able to do what you want to do, or do it as fast as you used to do it. Inevitably,
however, there comes a time when you cannot do things, however hard you try. Or maybe you are younger and normally
fit but have suffered an accident, injury or illness which significantly limits your mobility. In any of these
circumstances if you are a member of a model railway club, this means that you cannot get to the clubroom as often
as you would like.
This is where The Chris Ellicott Fund might be able to help.
The fund was set up to provide DVDs for members of clubs belonging to the Chiltern Model Railway
Association which can then be loaned to members who cannot get involved in club activities any more, either long-term
or only for a few weeks or months, but would like to view films on railway modelling or the prototype, in the comfort
of their own home.
The club or society secretary can download a catalogue of available DVDs from the
member's area of the CMRA website together with an order form. The initial chosen DVD will
be posted to the secretary who will deliver it to the member at home. The DVD is returned using the pre-paid envelope
that is supplied with it. Subsequent DVDs can be sent direct to a member, if preferred. All costs are borne by the Fund
and the CMRA.
If you belong to any of the national scale/gauge societies that are also members of the CMRA, you are
also entitled to use this service through the society’s membership.
The Chris Ellicott Fund is managed by Claire Ellicott, Philip McGovern and Mike Peascod and it is operated
by the Chiltern Model Railway Association on their behalf.
Donations are welcome as are gifts of unwanted DVDs, but they must be originals (not copies). This is essential
to stay within Copyright laws – the DVDs are the property of The Chris Ellicott Fund and are loaned out free for personal use only.
Please note that videotapes will have to be respectfully declined, as post and packaging costs would be too high.
Donations and unwanted DVDs should be sent to:
The Chris Ellicott Fund
c/o Mike Peascod
104 Durley Avenue
Donation cheques should be made out to The Chris Ellicott Fund.