Efforts to rebuild the Lichfield Canal have been boosted by a series of donations.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) chairperson Christine Bull said she was “astounded and delighted” to receive a cheque for £779.42 at a presentation made at a Forester Scout Group’s Cub meeting.

During 2018 the Yoxall group’s Beaver, Cub and Scout sections all undertook fundraising activities based on a theme of water.

They chose two charities to support, LHCRT and, through the Environment Agency, Water Aid, which received a cheque for the same amount.

Christine said: “Foresters Scout Group is now in its third year of supporting the Canal Trust, and once the clocks have changed we look forward to each section joining us to help with a variety of tasks, such as tree planting, brick moving, litter picking, tidying wild flower beds and back filling new canal walls.

“This is a dynamic group and every time they have joined the canal work has been a true delight.”

“Superb young volunteers”

Meanwhile, the trust has also received a grant worth £1,000 from TSB’s national Community Fund, which recognises the connection local causes make with their community.

LHCRT is a charity partner with the city’s TSB branch, which makes it eligible for a grant.

Christine added: “The trust has many youth organisation volunteers. Each week a team from Queen’s Croft High School works hard on one of the sites, during the lighter evenings two local scout groups bring their youngsters to do various tasks, and at any one time there are at least six Duke of Edinburgh Award young people doing their volunteering hours.

“These young people come almost whatever the weather and they do demanding work.

“We find ourselves short of leather gloves, tools such as loppers and saws and a portable gazebo to provide them with shelter.

“The £1000 grant will provide us with the necessary kit for our superb young volunteers.”

Christine also received a donation of £507.67 from Julie Boulton at TSB in Lichfield.

During last summer Julie brought her rowing machine in to the branch and staff attempted to row the seven miles of the Lichfield Canal (equivalent to the route from Huddlesford to Ogley Junction). The last mile was completed by three of the trust’s volunteers.

The branch staff also raffled a Christmas hamper they had made up, and collected donations of money and gardening tools in the branch.

Christine said: “The money raised by the local branch would always have been most welcome, but coming now when we are still raising money to fund the See It Through canal tunnel under the cross city railway line makes it even more welcome.

“The trust is most grateful to the wonderfully friendly staff at TSB’s Lichfield branch.”