Another money raising scheme for the trust

Published: Wednesday, 19 April 2023

THE Canal & River Trust has conjured-up another money raising scheme to help its depleted finances.

With the previous scheme of 'Friends' not bringing in the cash expected it has devised 'Canalathon' in an attempt to raise cash, telling:

Protect the network

'People are being challenged to take to the towpaths over the course of June to raise money to protect the nation’s historic canal network, home to some of the UK’s much-loved and endangered wildlife'

It is asking people to take part raising funds as they walk or run the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) along their local canal towpath across the month, telling the waterways are under threat with costly repairs required to keep them open for the communities who enjoy them and for the wildlife that depends on them.

Bite-sized chunks

To get involved participants can walk or run the 26.2 miles all in one go or in bite-sized chunks, working at a pace that suits them, over the course of a month. The challenge can be completed solo or in a team of family, friends, or colleagues.

Participants will receive limited-edition Canalathon shoelaces when they get their first donation and a free branded running vest when they reach £100 on their fundraising page.

How supervised?

It is not told how this will be supervised as it can be undertaken piecemeal and on any towpath, so it must all be a matter of trust, with Canal & River Trust accepting the words of the participants.

Neither is it told how the cash, which it is assumed is given to those taking part on a 'so much per mile' basis is calculated, regulated or justified. And the waterways are now measured in kilometres!