Fundraising ideas

With over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers to run, walk, pedal or paddle along, you’ll be spoilt for choice for beautiful places to set yourself a challenge.

Help transform our canals and rivers

Our work simply couldn’t happen without our amazing fundraisers, which is why we need you.

There are lots of ways you can raise money to help us transform canals and rivers into places that everyone can use and enjoy.

Whatever you decide to do, we’ll support you every step of the way.

The impact of your fundraising

The money you raise will do so much for our canals and rivers, for the communities who enjoy them and for the wildlife that depends on them.

Three youths chatting and litter picking

£250 keeps canals clean

Your fundraising could pay for 25 litter pickers to help our volunteers to remove rubbish from the water.

King Fisher mural

£1,000 brings art to the waterways

The money you raise could fund a community canal art project, bringing people together and enriching lives.


£3,000 helps water voles thrive

Your fundraising could help create 100m of canal-side water vole habitats to help nature thrive.

Be inspired

Jo, running two marathons

Couple running along the Towpath

When Jo’s plans to run the 2020 London Marathon had to be cancelled because of lockdown, she decided to run it virtually along her local canal.

But she didn't stop there. When the marathon was confirmed for 2021, Jo continued her fundraising efforts for us and completed another 26.2 miles along the streets of England's capital city.

Thanks to the kind support of friends and family, Jo raised over £2,000 to help us make life better by water.

This is my way of giving something back to the Canal & River Trust. To say thank you and keep up the fantastic work.

Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to chat about fundraising for us, just get in touch – we'll be happy to help! Email us at


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Last date edited: 16 August 2022