CRT ap­plu­ads ris­ing band of vol­un­teers

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CRT is cel­e­brat­ing a rise in com­mu­nity spirit on the na­tion’s canals with record num­bers of peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing.

To meet the grow­ing de­mand from peo­ple to spend time help­ing to care for its wa­ter­ways across Eng­land and Wales, the Trust is ex­pand­ing the num­ber and range of vol­un­teer­ing roles that if of­fers: ev­ery­thing from the iconic lock keeper to teach­ing chil­dren about wa­ter safety; from inspiring young­sters to take up fish­ing to sup­port­ing its wide range of pro­fes­sional teams.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Parry said: “As we en­ter a new year, and a new decade, we are de­lighted that so many peo­ple want to sup­port the Canal & River Trust and make a dif­fer­ence to their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“On the wa­ter­ways, com­mu­nity spirit is very much alive and well, with our canals and river nav­i­ga­tions at the heart of such a di­verse va­ri­ety of vil­lages, towns and cities across Eng­land & Wales. And, with so many ways to get in­volved, 2020 can be a year when more peo­ple take pos­i­tive ac­tion for their lo­cal canal, for their com­mu­nity, and – be­cause we know that vol­un­teer­ing and spend­ing time out­doors, by wa­ter, is good for well­be­ing – for them­selves.”

Last year CRT saw record num­bers of peo­ple vol­un­teer 671,000 hours of their time to the wa­ter­ways. There was a 27 per­cent in­crease in vol­un­teer lock keep­ers across the net­work, to 1,130, and the first vol­un­teer to record a stag­ger­ing 10,000 hours of vol­un­teer­ing time since the char­ity’s for­ma­tion in 2012.

Richard con­tin­ues: “With more boats on the na­tion’s canals than at the height of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, and re­search show­ing that spend­ing time by wa­ter helps peo­ple feel hap­pier and health­ier, it’s a great time to dis­cover Bri­tain’s wa­ter­ways.

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