Leave a legacy and be remembered

When you leave a gift in your Will to the Canal and River Trust, you’ll do more than just protect our waterways. You’ll pass on a place where history lives on, where memories are made, where people have the chance to slow down and remember what is important.

Walking with a dog on the Montgomery Canal Montgomery Canal

If canals, rivers and the wildlife surrounding them have played a special part in your life, then say ‘thank you’ with a gift in your Will.

Your legacy will mean that in years to come, waters can continue to flow through over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers journeying across England and Wales. You will help ensure that all you love about our waterways lives on for future generations to enjoy.

Your legacy will pass on 250 years of history and heritage

Black and white photo of original Yorkshire Street AqueductDating back over two hundred years, our canals are a living museum of the nation’s engineering and history. Beautiful iconic bridges and an incredible infrastructure of networking canals that have stood the test of time.

From their beginnings as the beating heart of the nation’s industry, to facing abandonment after the introduction of the road system, our waterways have withstood neglect and now provide a place of escape, joy and wonder for everyone.

Will you give a gift in your Will to help keep alive the waterways you care about? 

Your legacy will protect and pass on our waterways to the next generation

Your love of your waterways can live on, in the sunlight that dapples on the water, in the beauty of a kingfisher’s plumage as it dives, and in the carpet of bluebells that signals the arrival of spring each year.

“Our canals have given me something special, which has meant an enormous amount to me. So it’s the most natural thing in the world to want to do my bit to ensure their future is in safe hands so more people can enjoy them as I have.” John Langford, Canal & River Trust supporter
A couple walking in Sowerby Bridge Sowerby Bridge

No gift is too small for you to make a lasting difference

Whatever you choose to give, a gift in your Will is a fitting way to reflect what our canals and rivers mean to you.

One day, your legacy could help to conserve the beauty of a 200-year-old listed bridge, repair a lock, or give a home to the wildlife and species that depend on their waterway habitat – from otters, to dragonflies, to kingfishers.

How to remember canals and rivers in your Will

Whether you have an existing Will, or have yet to write one, it is straightforward to include a gift to the Canal & River Trust.

Once they’ve provided for their loved ones, many people choose to leave a proportion of their estate.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will, please contact Jas Chahal, our gifts in Wills manager on 07484 913 069 or at giftsinwills@canalrivertrust.org.uk.


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