Let's Fundraise!

Our work simply couldn’t happen without our amazing supporters, 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.

Group of young people in fancy dress by a river, taking part in a fundraising event Choose a fundraising idea that suits you

We want to give you all the help we can with your fundraising, so that you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. You might already have a great plan to raise money, but if not, we’ve put some suggestions in our new Let’s Fundraise! pack. Whether you’re outdoors taking part in a virtual challenge or getting crafty in the comfort of your own home, we’ve got ideas and tips to help you make it a success.

Inside your fundraising pack you’ll find everything you need to make organising your event fun and easy, from a sponsorship form to a totaliser poster to keep track of how much you’ve raised. There’s also a guide filled with advice, including what to think about before you get started and how to manage online donations.

When planning your fundraising, please make sure you stay safe and follow the latest government guidance on coronavirus. There are plenty of things you can do while practising social distancing, or even if you're self-isolating at home, from online quiz nights to knitathons.

Why we need your support

Looking after more than 2,000 miles of historic waterways, as well as nearly 5,000 locks, bridges and aqueducts, costs us around £135 million each year. But our mission isn’t just about keeping the waterways open.

We work with communities and organise events to help more and more people realise that life is better by water. Research shows that those who spend time on or by our canals and rivers regularly are happier, more satisfied with life and feel healthier than those who don’t.

Steven running the London Marathon

Steven's reason for running

Steven ran the London Marathon for us in 2019, raising an amazing £2,030.

"Living in Birmingham, I can walk anywhere on the canals, but I’ve taken them for granted for many years," said Steven. "Unless people step up and support the Canal & River Trust, we won’t have any waterways."

If you're keen to take on an active challenge like Steven, why not join a virtual event? You can run, walk or cycle in your own area, but you'll be doing it at the same time as other people around the country, or even the world.

What your support will achieve

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

  • £100 could provide litter picking tools for a team of our dedicated volunteers to remove rubbish from the water, keeping local waterways safe and clean for everyone who uses them.

  • £1,000 could fund a Let’s Fish! day for 70 schoolchildren to learn a new skill and spend time outdoors in the fresh air. If we can show young people the benefits of being by water from an early age, there's a better chance of them helping to protect and champion the waterways in the future.

Last date edited: 24 September 2020