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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Just over 18 months after launching, the Canal & River Trust has been unveiled as ‘Charity of the Year’ by People’s Postcode Lottery.
The award was made this week at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala attended by 500 people at the historic National Museum of Scotland.
The Award was given in recognition of the way the Trust, through support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, had raised public awareness and support of a project to help save the nation’s historic hedgerows which, although so important for biodiversity, have declined by 50% since the Second World War.
In making the award, players of People’s Postcode Lottery gave a special one-off £50,000 cheque to support the our work. It also committed to increase the Trust’s annual grant by 25% to £125,000.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, was on hand to collect the cheque for £50,000. He comments: “We are so grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for their support. This is the second year they have supported us and to be selected as Charity of the Year from amongst so many good causes is a tremendous accolade and a fantastic vote of confidence in the Canal & River Trust.
“I am delighted that the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has increased; this special one-off award of £50,000 provides vital funding which will give a tremendous boost to our efforts in 2014. We have already identified three very special projects that it will support.”
Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “The Canal & River Trust does some amazing work - transforming places and enriching lives of people through living waterways. We’re delighted that our players are able to support the work of Canal & River Trust and showcase the work that makes them worthy winners of Charity of the Year.”
The one-off award of £50,000 for being Charity of the Year will mean players of People’s Postcode Lottery will add to donations from local communities to fund three of the Trust’s priority appeal projects:
Canal & River Trust brand
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Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
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Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
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Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
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