Fundraising and Events

Channel your efforts – meet your fitness goals and help boost our funds!

We all know that new fitness regimes can be difficult to sustain. Setting a goal to complete a fundraising challenge and seeking sponsorship multiplies the motivation to succeed. It's also a rewarding and fun way to raise money. Start today by setting up your online fundraising challenge page with Virgin Money Giving

In November 2018, Mikk completed the Marlow Half Marathon and raised a tremendous £250 for the Inland Waterways Association through online sponsorship. Mikk with medal

“I’d been able to get back into a routine where I was training most days. During Canal Camps I’d run first thing in the morning. I decided to challenge myself and the Marlow Half Marathon is a particularly hilly run. I thought it would be a good incentive to obtain sponsorship”

It doesn’t have to be a Marathon - running, walking, swimming and cycling make brilliant fitness challenges. We’re looking for inspiring challenge seekers to take on a fundraising event this year. If you need inspiration, you can find events local to you on

You can set up and share an IWA online fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving or download a IWA Sponsorship Form to collect "offline" sponsorship - don't forget to collect your sponsors name and address so we can boost your fundraising efforts by claiming 25p Gift Aid for every £1 raised.

We would love to know your plans or if you need any further support, please get in touch with IWA's Fundraising Officer. Also check out our Fundraising Pack which is full of useful hints and tips, no matter what you have in mind.

London Marathon

If you would be interested in participating in the London Marathon on behalf of the Inland Waterways Association, please contact our Fundraising Officer.

Food for Thought...

Sponsored challenges don't all have to be about running marathons or even breaking a sweat at all! In November 2015, WRG volunteer George 'Bungle' Eycott took on the challenge of giving up meat for a whole month - in his own words, the 'V' section of the menu was uncharted territory, so this was quite an undertaking! He kept everyone updated with his efforts via social media, posting pictures of him trying some 'experimental' dishes - his efforts paid of though as he raised over £1,500 for IWA.


Essex Waterways Triathlon

Set up your personal online fundraising page today to start your challenge and start raising funds for the IWA

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Acheman Challenge 2015

Gift Aid

Read more about the benefits of Gift Aid here.

Check out our Fundraising Pack for inspiration and guidance on running your sponsored event.