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Project to restore the Lichfield Canal boosted by £1,000 donation

Work to restore the Lichfield Canal has ben boosted by a £1,000 donation from the Inland Waterways Association.

Phil Sharpe and Christine Bull

Phil Sharpe and Christine Bull

The cheque was received by Christine Bull, chair of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, who said the money will be put towards the organisation’s Tunnel Vision Appeal.

The campaign, to raise £1million by early 2019 to build a tunnel for the canal under the cross city railway line at the same time as a road tunnel is constructed to take the extension to Lichfield Southern Bypass, was launched earlier in the year by actor David Suchet.

The appeal has already raised over £400,000.

Inland Waterways Association’s Lichfield branch chairman Phil Sharpe said: “We are pleased to be able to support this vital project to help secure the continuing restoration of the canal.

“This represents another good year of fundraising for Lichfield Branch, chiefly from the sales stand run by Helen Whitehouse and helpers at meetings and at waterway events including Fradley Junction, Moira and Huddlesford.

“Over the past 30 years the Lichfield branch has donated £44,000 to waterway restoration projects, including £23,000 to Lichfield and Hatherton.”

Christine added: “I’m extremely grateful to all at the Lichfield Inland Waterways Association branch for the time they put into sales events such as Huddlesford.”

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