I was reminded over the weekend that THE FENCHURCH FUND has been in existence for 30 years!
We were originally formed as the “Chip Wood Fund” as a tribute to Matthew Wood who tragically died at the age of 25 in June 1991. It was intended to create a lasting legacy and memorial for Matthew. As it happened, Fenchurch was his favourite loco and it needed an overhaul, including a new wheel set. So the die was cast, we had money from the whip round that was organised for a memorial and this was used as a springboard to open an “official BRPS fundraising group” known as The Fenchurch Wheel Appeal and later The Fenchurch Fund. We are now a Sub-Committee of the BRPS.