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.

A boy looking out at the water Cambrian Wharf

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

London

Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust

Newport Pagnell

Birmingham and Northamptonshire Guide Narrowboat

Birmingham

Bury Water Meadows Group

Bury

Canal Connections CIC

Leeds

CanalAbility

Harlow

Chelmer Canal Trust

Chelmsford

Cotswold Boatmobility

Stonehouse

Crusader Community Boating

Northampton

Dartford Cambira Sea Scout Group

Dartford

Dockland Scout Project

London

East Manchester Community Boat Project

Manchester

Heulwen Trust

Welshpool

Hillingdon Narrowboats Association

Uxbridge

Humber Aid CIO

Hull

Islington Boat Club

London

Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society

Skipton

London Narrow Boat Project

Braunston

Merseyside Water Rescue

Liverpool

Northumberland Rivers Trust

Birkenhead

Overwater Wheelyboat Services

Crewe

Pocklington Canal Amenity Society

Pocklington

Shropshire Union Flyboat Restoration Society

Altrincham

Somali Community Parents Association

Leicester

Stourbridge Navigation Trust

Stourbridge

Sunbury and Walton Unit 327 of the Sea Cadet Corps

Shepperton

Swansea Canal Society

Swansea

Tameside Canal Boat Trust

Manchester

Thames and Kennet Narrowboat Trust

Mortimer, Berkshire

The Baldwin Trust

Shepshed, Leicestershire

The Beatrice Charity

Leek

The Ethel Trust

Sheffield

The Hargreaves Narrowboat Trust

Nuneaton

The Pirate Castle

London

The Straford upon Avon Narrowboat Trust

Kenilworth

The Wheelyboat Trust

Petworth, W.Sussex

Truman Enterprise Narrowboat Trust

Walsall

Wakefield District Scouts

Wakefield

Water Adventure Centre

Greater Manchester

Waterways Experiences

Hemel Hempstead

Wildside Activity Centre

Wolverhampton

Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust

Newcastle

Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Society

Droitwich

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.