Leave a legacy and be remembered

When you leave a gift in your Will to the Canal & River Trust, you’ll do more than 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's important.

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Now more than ever, we’re relying on gifts in Wills from supporters like you.

Navvies at work

Who built our canals? Great industrialists and engineers, like Bridgewater and Brindley, spring to mind, but it was the labour and toil of thousands of unsung 'navvies' who cut those early navigations across England and Wales. It is their legacy that we're thankful for today. 

By leaving us a gift in your Will, you'll be leaving a legacy of your own. Your legacy will mean that, in years to come, waters can continue to flow through over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers.

Your legacy will pass on 250 years of history and heritage

Stretching back more than two centuries, our canals are a living museum of the nation’s engineering and history – beautiful bridges, iconic aqueducts and an incredible infrastructure of networked canals that have stood the test of time.

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

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

Your love of the waterways can live on, in the sunlight that dapples 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. By making a gift in your Will – and telling us about it now – you give us the security that comes from knowing we’ll have a guaranteed future income, when the time comes.

1. Yes, I would like to protect our canals and rivers with a gift in my Will

We will make a note of your intention, but please be aware that this form is not part of your Will and is not legally binding in anyway. We will only use your data to contact you with information relevant to your legacy donation.

2. About you
3. Let's keep in touch

We'd love to keep you updated on the work of the Canal & River Trust, including how your support is making a difference and other ways that you can get involved.

You can change the way you want us to contact you at any time by accessing MyTrust account online.

Please let us know if you'd be happy to be contacted:

By post

It is important for us to be able to contact you by post to acknowledge your support as well as send you information as part of your legacy donation or relating to other donations.

We would also like to let you know more about the work of the Canal & River Trust and how you can help ensure the country's waterways are there for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future.

However, if you would prefer not to receive such information by post, please let us know by calling 0303 040 4040 or emailing supportercare@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

4. Your privacy

At the Canal & River Trust, we take your privacy very seriously and are committed to protecting your personal information.

We will always store your personal details as securely as possible and we'll use them to provide the service that you have requested, and communicate with you in the way(s) that you have agreed to.

We will never sell your information to any other commercial or charitable organisation and we will only allow your information to be used by carefully selected specialist suppliers working on our behalf.

Your data may also be used for analysis purposes, to help us provide the most relevant information and the best service possible.

For full details see our Privacy Policy and Supporter Promise.

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Any questions

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will, please email giftsinwills@canalrivertrust.org.uk.