Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

Cotswold Canals Trust needs help to stay afloat

The Cotswold Canals Trust is heading for troubled waters during the coronavirus lockdown.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, on March 20 the trust asked its volunteers to close the bookshop, the visitor centres, batten down the hatches on the trip boats and secure the maintenance depots.

These are really difficult times for everyone, especially those who are isolated and missing their families. The trust says that its volunteers are no exception, more than 89 per cent are over 70, many of whom have been restoring the canal corridor for decades.

Last year they gave the community over 33,700 hours of their time to clear towpaths, restore bridges, locks and dredge the canal.

Every week of the lockdown, the charity is losing £2,500 from a lack of boat trips and sales in its charity book shop, visitor centres and log sales.

Cotswold Canals Trust said COVID-19 is threatening to undo all the good work of its dedicated volunteers.

It now needs to raise money to ensure it can stay afloat. 

Once the lockdown is over and the charity can safely resume activities it said it will need cash to pay the bills and buy safe equipment and fuel.

The charity is encouraging anyone who wants to see the canal restoration continue to provide a place for the community to connect to make a donation here or to call Cotswold Canals Trust on 01453 752568.

Related Articles

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, August 7 Image

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, August 7

The latest important news and updates from across Gloucestershire as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Jigsaw could be next missing piece on Cheltenham Promenade Image

Jigsaw could be next missing piece on Cheltenham Promenade

Cheltenham's beleaguered Promenade could be facing another blow with fashion retailer Jigsaw close to launching a CVA.

City traders frustrated by surprise street market  Image

City traders frustrated by surprise street market

Food from around the world has taken over the Gate Streets in Gloucester - much to the surprise of some of its usual inhabitants who say they are losing out to the visiting competition.

On-street parking charge increase planned for September Image

On-street parking charge increase planned for September

The council has now revealed that the three per cent increase will take place from next month.

Copyright 2020 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.