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Mike Carter Award 2018

We are delighted to open nominations for the Mike Carter Award to recognise the passion and dedication of young volunteers.

Mike Carter, volunteer Mike Carter, volunteer

Mike Carter, who died in February 2017, enjoyed and supported the canals and rivers for many decades, giving his time and expertise in various volunteering roles for the Trust and the Inland Waterways Association.

He was particularly passionate about encouraging younger generations to enjoy and maintain the waterways. In recent years Mike was deeply involved with the Explorers group working out of the Trust’s Wigan office, and helping with school assemblies and towpath activities in the Liverpool area particularly. He also ran athletics events for young people with disabilities of various kinds for many years before joining the Explorers team.

Make a nomination

The Mike Carter Award will recognise an individual and a group for their inspirational volunteering work with the Trust in the North West and North Wales & Borders waterway regions. Anyone can make a nomination. You can find the forms at all our waterway offices or you can download the form here.

Nominees must be under 25 and either currently volunteering with Canal & River Trust or have volunteered in 2017 on any of the waterways in the area: Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Lancaster Canal, Sankey Canal, Ribble Link, Llangollen Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Weaver Navigation, Montgomery Canal, Shrewsbury & Newport Canals.

Encourage young people

Tony Entwistle, development engagement manager at Canal & River Trust, said: “Mike devoted his free time to educate and encourage young people in the area to engage with the waterways and his passion and knowledge shone through, so we’re really proud to launch the Mike Carter Award in his memory.

“We know there are many wonderful volunteers across the Trust’s operations, so we expect to have a really tough time choosing the winners.”

The winners will receive a trophy and the winning group will receive £100 towards their project. Entries close on 30 July 2018 and the winners will be announced at the Annual Partnership Meeting in September/October 2018.

Last date edited: 8 March 2018