Firstly we would like to thank the community that got behind this idea. We are humbled by the advocates and crowdfunders who shared our vision at the start and stuck by us as we got to work making it reality.

We are so thankful for the support, guidance and funds we have received from our funding partners both big and small. 

All the hardworking people who have volunteered in so many different ways to help the building get open. You kept the momentum of the project going throughout and supported us to know it would be a valued asset for the community.

Without all of your support this project would not have been possible.

Funding partners

The complexity of sourcing funding for a project like this was always going to be one of our biggest challenges. That’s why we are grateful to the willingness of the following organisations to find ways to make it possible and support a patchwork of finance that we stitched together.

With your ongoing support we are now building a future for Station South for the long term and thriving to achieve more positive outcomes for all.

Railway Heritage Trust, Railway Paths Limited,  Architectural Heritage Fund, Key Fund, Power To Change, Sport England, Transport for Greater Manchester, Manchester City Council, One Manchester, Great Places, Greggs Foundation, Transpennine Express, Cycling UK, Manchester Active and Greater Manchester Environment Fund

Kind supporters, contractors and friends

Crowdfunders and donations

We still can’t quite believe 1162 amazing individuals took a punt on the idea of Station South and had the patience to let us get through an epic project one reveal at a time.  Huge thanks to Gareth Taylor for producing the initial Crowdfunder video from which the project set sail.

Here it is one more time for giggles!

Same goes for a few special people who entrusted anonymous donations to support the building restoration. And  a special mention goes to Jamie Whittaker who not only donated half of the proceeds of his epic ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End to our project, he was also instrumental in bringing the seed of the idea of Station South together and roping in Abigail Pound and Pauline Johnston to fire it up!


From day one people have put their time, effort and skills to support this journey. We have called on the expertise of our friends and neighbours to help navigate the legal, financial and planning challenges of this unwieldy restoration project.  

To those of you that have cleaned, sanded, wallpapered, painted, tiled (for the first time!), shovelled, litter picked, helped out at events, leafleted and many more tasks too numerous to mention – we couldn’t have done it without you! 

Thank you for sticking with us.

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