Marsh Charitable Trust Awards

Together with the Marsh Charitable Trust, we will be celebrating volunteering excellence along our nation's waterways, by recognising those who have been nominated for having such a huge impact over the past year.

This year we are giving an award to either a team of volunteers or an individual who has had a significant impact in the past 12 months. 

We are delighted that we’ve had 58 nominations for the six regional awards, with a total of 282 individuals nominated, and volunteers have been recognised across the country, and for a variety of roles. 

Watch this space as we announce those with awards over the coming weeks. 

Yorkshire & North East – Cath Munn

Cath Munn, volunteerCath is involved in a number of roles including lock keeping, towpath taskforce, boat master and guide, tunnel boat chaperone, Explorers volunteer. Cath has been volunteering for over eight years.

Over the last year she has made quite a few media appearances for us on screen, radio and podcasts and has always come over as so enthusiastic, warm and friendly, a really great ambassador for the organisation.

North West - Active Waterways Cheshire

Active Cheshire winners Marsh Trust volunteer award Nov 2021The Active Waterways volunteers adapted rapidly to changes forced on the programme by COVID-19, supporting the Active Waterways team to deliver online programmes during the lockdown periods. Since the easing of lockdown restrictions, the volunteers guided 12-week walking programmes returned to Chester, Ellesmere Port, Nantwich, Northwich and Macclesfield. For many participants that were socially isolated during lockdown, this was their first time socialising and participating in group activities again.

Active Waterways volunteers share their enthusiasm of the canal and river networks and their knowledge of the local history, heritage, flora and fauna. They often integrate mindfulness activities into the walks, and invite participants to socialise further after the walk over a coffee. Many have now been volunteering for multiple 12-week programmes, their retention revealing the enjoyment they find and their dedication to the project.

The team are Keith Pickton, Stuart Goode, David Hall, Janet Pitwell, Jacqui Dunbavin, Lynn Johnson, Steven Tideswell, Tom Dawson, Catherine Golightly, Malcolm Craig, Christopher Evans, Rosemary Smith, Paula Ford, John Brighouse, Kath Ward, Eileen Room, Karen Waters, Tim Purrier, Wendy Thomas, Jim Robertson, Beverley Moore, William Taylor, John Goodman, Kathryn Broad, Graham Percival, Jeff Fairweather, Jennifer Budworth.

Wales & South West: Yet to be announced

West Midlands: Yet to be announced

East Midlands: Yet to be announced

London & South East: Yet to be announced

Significant contributions

Christine Mellor, our head of volunteering at the Trust, said: "Volunteers are incredibly important to the Trust. The past 18 months have been challenging, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting volunteering, and I was so thankful to see our volunteers back in force as the restrictions eased. We are reaching out to communities to act now for canals and have this opportunity to recognise some of our volunteers who have made such a significant contribution in maintaining the beauty of our waterways.

"I'd encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Trust to get in touch, there are so many opportunities on our website in your local area. Come along and get involved!"  

Brian Marsh OBE, chair at the Marsh Charitable Trust, said: "We are pleased to be able to work with the Canal & River Trust once again to deliver these awards, recognising those who give their time to volunteer on our nation’s waterways, enhancing their heritage and supporting the wellbeing of those that use them.

"This year we have been able to celebrate the achievements of more volunteers, both individuals and teams, across six regions of the UK and we hope to continue to highlight these invaluable commitments in years to come."

Last date edited: 18 November 2021