PRESS RELEASE: Popular canals and rivers win restoration funds in IWA raffle

Issue date: 20th January 2015

Canal and river restoration projects across the country will benefit from more than £13,000 raised by The Inland Waterways Association’s first Waterways Restoration Raffle, which ended in mid-January after five and a half months of ticket sales.

In all, over 7,000 tickets were sold by IWA directly and through restoration groups.

IWA’s National Chairman, Les Etheridge praised the generosity of ticket buyers and thanked the donors of raffle prizes, which included a number of boating breaks and holidays.

“The fact that we beat our original fundraising target well before ticket sales closed is a tribute to the enduring popularity of the waterways,” he commented.

IWA has a long history of leading and supporting waterway restoration. It offers expertise and advice to restoration trusts, societies and associations through its consultants and restoration committee, while its Waterway Recovery Group provides practical and technical support to waterways restoration projects as well as providing skills training for volunteers.


Notes for Editors

About The Inland Waterways Association:

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), a registered charity, leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s network of canal and river waterways. With a membership of around 16,000, IWA provides a strong voice for waterways users, working with navigation authorities, local and national government and other organisations to keep all our waterways alive.

For more details about the restoration projects and the money they received, prizes, sponsors and prize winners, visit

lancaster raffle press release pic

Waterway Recovery Group volunteers repointing Bridge 177 on the Lancaster Canal.

High-resolution photos available on request.

For further information contact raffle organiser Toby Gomm at or on 01494 783453 ext.611.