PRESS RELEASE: IWA Launches National Waterways Restoration Raffle

Issue date: 1st August 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has announced the launch of its National Waterways Restoration Raffle.

The raffle aims to raise £10,000 to support waterway restoration and development by donating 100% of the profit to restoration projects run by IWA corporate members and to a moorings improvement project on the Cheshire Ring to be carried out by IWA volunteers.

The raffle provides every person that purchases a ticket the option to nominate an eligible project of their choice on every ticket purchased. After the raffle has been drawn the number of nominations for each project will be calculated and the money each restoration project receives will be in direct proportion to their total nominations. For example a project receiving 10% of the total nominations would receive 10% of the money raised.

The nomination system means that waterway restoration across the country can benefit. Waterway restoration can bring social, economic and environmental benefits to an area and the National Waterways Restoration Raffle will support this nationwide effort.

There are many exciting prizes to be won. The top prizes are:

  • First prize, a two-week boating holiday (or one-week in the school holidays) with       Middlewich Narrowboats, worth up to £1,700.
  • Second prize, a one-week boating holiday on a six berth narrowboat during June, September or October in 2015 with The Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd, worth £800 - £1,500.
  • Third Prize, a two-night boating break for at least two people with Cambrian Cruisers, worth £559.

See website for full list of prizes.

Tickets cost £2 each and are in books of five tickets. A book of tickets has been included in the Autumn issue of Waterways and will be inserted into the August/September issue of WRG’s magazine Navvies.

The raffle will be drawn on 16th January 2015 at IWA’s Head Office in Chesham.
To find out more about the raffle, eligible restoration projects, details of all the raffle prizes, to purchase tickets online and for full terms and conditions see or contact the raffle organiser Toby Gomm at or on 01494 783453 ext.611.

Restoration societies with eligible projects can obtain stocks of the raffle tickets free of charge to sell from Toby Gomm at Head Office to increase nominations for their project: Call 01494 783453 ext.611 or email

IWA would like to thank Middlewich Narrowboats, Wyvern Shipping, Cambrian Cruisers, ABC Leisure, Canal Cruising Company, Harper Collins Publishers, Waterways World, Midland Chandlers, Sir Steve Redgrave and Stone Boat Building Chandlery for their support of the raffle.


About IWA

About the Raffle

IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
About IWA
Volunteers restoring the waterways. The Waterway Recovery Group is part of IWA.
About WRG

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