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News article created on 21 April 2015

Live music and sausages for volunteers in London

Come and help us clean-up the Regent’s Canal in Mile End on Wednesday 29 April and you'll be treated to live music and a BBQ.

We've teamed up with students from Queen Mary University to host the evening clean-up event with a difference, with live music, a free BBQ and chance to canoe with local organisation Moo Canoes all on offer.

It is the first of a new series of events being held on the canal over the spring and summer, which make up the Trust’s Love London’s Canals programme. The events will take place in the evenings to offer people who work during the day a chance to try after-work volunteering, and make the most of the waterways in the warmer seasons. Wednesday’s event takes place from 6-8pm, meeting at Mile End Bridge (E1 4PA), with anyone welcome.

Energy and oompf

Rebecca Williams, Canal & River Trust volunteer team leader, said: “We’re on the lookout for people with energy and oompf, to help us blitz the canal of rubbish and have fun while they do it. Volunteers already do so much to help keep the Regent’s canal in the condition it is, but we wanted to try something a bit different.

"While the majority of our volunteering happens during office hours, we’ve planned these events for the evenings so people who work during the day have every opportunity to enjoy helping out on the canals. At this first event you can listen to music, canoe and get some free food at the end. It’s the first of a number of events we’re running over the next few months, where we hope to tap into the goodwill, creativity and fun of east London residents.”

Monica Kolesnik, from Queen Mary University, who is organising the event, added: “We wanted to create an event for the good of the canal and its environment yet with a broader appeal, so we mixed it up and added a bit of fun. This is the first of many events we are planning on holding throughout the summer and what better way to start them off than with live music and free food. Plus there is something incredibly rewarding about giving back to the environment, in this case the canal, which we all enjoy on a daily basis.”

For more details about the event contact Becky Williams on 07799 436 816.