Canal & River Trust to get £3m cash boost from People’s Postcode Lottery

THE Canal & River Trust is benefitting in 2019 from nearly £3 million of funding thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding, which starts in June and runs for one year, will help fund important canal repairs, as well as work in communities up and down the network to bring the benefits of being beside water to local people.

The Trust has been supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery since the charity was formed in 2012 and, thanks to this fantastic help, projects such as working alongside former military servicemen on canal heritage projects and work to improve the network’s important wildlife-rich hedgerows have received funding totalling £6.3m.

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In 2017 the Trust was invited to become a promoting society, and this new partnership arrangement has generated significant, legally unrestricted, funding for the Trust.  During 2017 and 2018, the draws generated £4.5m for the Trust and supported priority projects such as works at the Grade 1 Listed Marple Aqueduct, Montgomery Canal restoration, bridge repairs in Birmingham, habitat protection at Sites of Special Scientific Interest, along with emergency repairs to the breach on the Shropshire Union Canal at Middlewich.

Rachel Morton,  senior corporate partnerships manager at Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re delighted that People’s Postcode Lottery recognises the value of the waterways to the mental and physical health of the nation.  The funding we’ve received thanks to players has made a massive difference and we’re delighted that nearly £3 million this year will provide wellbeing for the benefit of all.  Thank you to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and their fantastic ongoing support.”

Sanjay Singh, senior programme manager at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped to support some great projects over the years with Canal & River Trust, and that 2019 will see more important initiatives funded that will benefit local people and communities.”

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For more information on the work of the Canal  & River Trust including how you can donate money or volunteer your time to support the work we do visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Find out more about People’s Postcode Lottery at:  www.postcodelottery.co.uk

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