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Grants awarded to local charities

Thanks to donations from hundreds of people to our appeal to support small waterway-based charities, we have been able to award £31,500 in grants shared across 43 local charities based on inland waterways in England and Wales.

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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, these charities, which provide vital support to some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country, have seen their income drastically reduce, putting the services that they offer at risk.

Invaluable work from these charities

Sue Wilkinson, our trustee and chair of the grants panel, said: “These very local charities do invaluable work – providing people with opportunities in life where, and when, it is needed the most – from helping tackle loneliness and dementia, to supporting disadvantaged children and young people in many different communities across the country.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the Waterways Charity Appeal. It is thanks to you that we have been able to give some support to a number of small charities at this very difficult time. The Trust is pleased to be able to match the personal contributions made.”

The charities

The charities who have benefitted from our Waterways Charity Appeal, receiving a grant of £500 or £1,500, are:

Angel Community Canal Boat Trust

Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway TrustNewport Pagnell
Birmingham and Northamptonshire Guide NarrowboatBirmingham
Bury Water Meadows GroupBury
Canal Connections CICLeeds
Chelmer Canal TrustChelmsford
Cotswold BoatmobilityStonehouse
Crusader Community BoatingNorthampton
Dartford Cambira Sea Scout GroupDartford
Dockland Scout ProjectLondon
East Manchester Community Boat ProjectManchester
Heulwen TrustWelshpool
Hillingdon Narrowboats AssociationUxbridge
Humber Aid CIOHull
Islington Boat ClubLondon
Leeds & Liverpool Canal SocietySkipton
London Narrow Boat ProjectBraunston
Merseyside Water RescueLiverpool
Northumberland Rivers TrustBirkenhead
Overwater Wheelyboat ServicesCrewe
Pocklington Canal Amenity SocietyPocklington
Shropshire Union Flyboat Restoration SocietyAltrincham
Somali Community Parents AssociationLeicester
Stourbridge Navigation TrustStourbridge
Sunbury and Walton Unit 327 of the Sea Cadet CorpsShepperton
Swansea Canal SocietySwansea
Tameside Canal Boat TrustManchester
Thames and Kennet Narrowboat TrustMortimer, Berkshire
The Baldwin TrustShepshed, Leicestershire
The Beatrice CharityLeek
The Ethel TrustSheffield
The Hargreaves Narrowboat TrustNuneaton
The Pirate CastleLondon
The Straford upon Avon Narrowboat TrustKenilworth
The Wheelyboat TrustPetworth, W.Sussex
Truman Enterprise Narrowboat TrustWalsall
Wakefield District ScoutsWakefield
Water Adventure CentreGreater Manchester
Waterways ExperiencesHemel Hempstead
Wildside Activity CentreWolverhampton
Wirral Community Narrowboat TrustNewcastle
Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal SocietyDroitwich

The appeal was supported by hundreds of donors with the Trust match funding public donations – including Trust chief executive, Richard Parry, who donated 20% of his salary for the first three months of the year.


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Last Edited: 10 September 2020

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