Dare to Dream - Powering the School Library Train

by Climate Action North in Kirk Merrington, England, United Kingdom

Dare to Dream - Powering the School Library Train
We did it
On 28th December 2020 we successfully raised £7,919 with 62 supporters in 34 days

To raise funds to install solar panels and LED lighting on the Dare to Dream Library Train for Kirk Merrington School and a wildlife garden

by Climate Action North in Kirk Merrington, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we raise more money through the Crowdfunder we will look to developing more projects similar to this for other schools around the region including links to our Global Wilders programme of activities i.e. creating more wildflower gardens in schools, raising awareness of energy efficiency in schools and communities and also raising awareness of plastics in the oceans through more education and our One Small Change series of roadshows and events.   

As a community interest company we have lots of further opportunities to work with local communities to inspire them to  make a real difference in the climate emergency.  

Who are we

We are Climate Action North, a community interest company set up to take action in the climate emergency and we do this through delivering our projects which make a real difference to communities including Pollinator Parks, Global Wilders and One Small change. 


Our Idea 

We are working with Kirk Merrington Primary School, based in Spennymoor, who are refitting an old railway carriage that will include bespoke library furniture, new flooring, and repurposing original seats and table, into a library where pupils can indulge in the love of reading and creative writing in a fun and relaxed environment.    

The tracks have been laid and the train has arrived on site - we think it looks amazing - but the work has only just started! 



We are crowdfunding to help the school install solar panels onto the carriages alongside LED and energy efficient lighting.  We will also be creating a hedgehog and bee-friendly garden and helping the school to learn about renewable energy and nature.  

The Vision for the Library Train 

This is how the library train will look and we hope it will provide a comfortable, safe and inspiring space for the school children with special mood lighting, lots of books to read and areas to sit, and powered by renewable energy so also helping the planet too! 1605801697_thumbnail_kirk_merrington_train_vinyl_image_1.jpg

We believe it is really important for children to have a place to support their learning and reading books is such a great way to ignite the imagination of the children.      

How the money will be used   

The money we raise through the crowdfunding will be used to fund the installation of the solar panels, the LED energy efficient lighting and the creation of a hedgehog and bee-friendly garden outside the Library Train.


What people say about this project 

The Dare to Dream project is being led by Lesley from Kirk Merrington School who has said “We are very excited about this project, which has been a dream of mine for the past two years. Due to the increase in pupil numbers the school’s purpose-built library is now used as a classroom, and the library was moved into school corridors. The Dare to Dream train will provide an imaginative learning environment for the children as well as reinforce appreciation for our local heritage which is steeped in history in respect to the railroads.”

We hope you can help us fundraise for this very exciting project and thank you for your support.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Signed Thank You Painting from the pupils

A special edition signed thank you painting/print of the Library Train from the school children of Kirk Merrington School.

£15 or more

Hedgehog Tote Bag

A Climate Action North "Boss Hog" Tote Bag from our Teemill sustainable and eco-friendly merchandise range.

£20 or more

Hedgehog Boss Hog T-Shirt

A Climate Action North Boss Hog Hedgehog T-Shirt from our sustainable eco-friendly range

£50 or more

Eco-friendly Climate Action North Hoody

A Climate Action North Long Sleeve Top from our sustainable eco-friendly range of clothing (design of your choice) plus a personal signed thank you project print from Kirk Merrington Library Train pupils.

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