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Canal restoration donations work harder through match funding

Donating £10 to the Wey & Arun Canal through Localgiving.com will soon result in £20 going towards the work to restore the canal and reconnect the Rivers Wey and Arun.

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has already raised £16,000 through the Grow Your Tenner match funding scheme and has signed up again in a bid to gain a further £11,000 share of the £500,000 funding available under the initiative over the next six months.

The funding is a result of a grant from the Office for Civil Society and is being administered by Local Giving. Donations made to WACT under the scheme will be matched pound-for-pound up to £10 per donation from 10am on Tuesday 15 October and, by using Gift Aid, the donation will be worth 25% more too.

According to WACT chairman Sally Schupke, the initiative presents a great opportunity to raise funds for essential restoration work and money from this new phase of Grow Your Tenner could go towards schemes like the reconstruction of Gennets Bridge Lock.

"The scheme matches single donations of £10 but the most valuable way people can help would be to pledge up to £10 per month for six months through what localgiving.com calls a monthly donation," said Sally. "You are only allowed to set up one monthly donation to any one charity but perhaps other family members and friend could also register to make a donation too."

To find out more about donating to WACT and Grow Your Tenner, please visit https://localgiving.com/charity/wact and click either the "Give Monthly" or the "Single Donation" button.