Helmsdale Station Volunteers

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Nominated for Category B: Caring and Protecting - Volunteer-led involvement in saving/restoring heritage sites and buildings.

Helmsdale Station Volunteers for Helmsdale Station House

www.helmsdalestation.co.uk

The Helmsdale Station Project explores an imaginative and creative approach to bringing a redundant station building back into the life of the community.  After successfully achieving grant funding the project attracted volunteers from across the country who achieved a complete building restoration.  The new station combines passenger amenities, a photographic darkroom, and restored original platform features as well as providing donations to assist local community charitable causes.

Twenty one volunteers have contributed to the restoration including a carpenter, seamstresses, accountant, solicitor, architect, artist and photographer.  Volunteers enjoyed working together with a common purpose to save a historic building and help an economically fragile community.