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.
Fantastic vote of confidence
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.”
Transforming places and enriching lives
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:
- With a £20,000 appeal now fully funded, a ‘volunteer' canal workboat will be bought into action on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The boat will be ‘skippered' by local people and will host local schools who will transform the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to create new wildlife habitats and tackle litter and graffiti along the waterway.
- A £27,000 target has now been met to raise money for volunteers and trainees at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port who are restoring Ferret, an historic working canal boat built in 1926. Supported by celebrity chef, TV presenter and Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, Ferret will once again be operational allowing future generations to experience what life was like for the people who lived and worked on the canals and rivers.
- Funding will also support the our exciting conservation efforts across Birmingham and the Black Country, working with the National Sealife Centre, to help protect and encourage both water voles and otters living in these urban waterways to flourish.