Lichfield company lends a helping hand to canal restoration project

Volunteers restoring the Lichfield Canal restoration volunteers were given a helping hand when they were joined by a group of workers from Walton Homes.

As part of its Granting 30 Wishes campaign, which marks the Lichfield-based company”s 30th birthday by supporting local causes, director Amy Summerton presented a cheque for £500 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

Amy Summerton presents a cheque for £500 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust directors Bob Williams and Peter Buck

Amy Summerton presents a cheque for £500 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust directors Bob Williams and Peter Buck

Amy said: “We are delighted to have granted a 30 year wish to support the amazing work that the trust is doing for the local community.

“The volunteers thoroughly enjoyed their time with the team and we wish the project much success in the future.”

And as an added bonus, five employees from Walton Homes, site managers Jason Hood and Steve Preece, and fork-lift drivers Wayne Watson, Steve Greenwood and Bill Collumbell, joined the Trust’s regular midweek workforce at their Tamworth Road site for a day’s work extending the section’s concrete base.

The ambitious plan to restore a 7-mile stretch of abandoned canal is making good progress, and it is hoped to have a large section at the Tamworth Road site in water within a few months.

Trust Finance Director Bob Williams said: “Lots of people wish us well, but we are grateful to Walton Homes for granting their very meaningful wish of £500 to spend and sending five strong men to join us for a day’s work.”

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