Marsh Volunteer Awards with the Canal and River Trust

These Awards are run in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and recognise the organisation’s outstanding volunteers working to protect our waterways, which have great importance for heritage, communities and the environment.

Heroes of the Waterway Award - celebrates a volunteer who has shown lifetime support to the protection of our waterways.

Explorers Education Award - recognises a volunteer working in classrooms and out in the field to engage children with waterways.

Young Volunteer Award – recognises the commitment and contributions of an individual or group of young volunteers (aged 13-25) in supporting canals and rivers.

Pictured - Dylan Manning, winner of the 2015 Marsh Young Volunteer Award, pictured litter-picking

The 2015 winners are John Hawkins, David Payne, Dylan Manning and Emile Khan

Heroes of the Waterway Award – John Hawkins

Over the past 35 years John has given his time to his local group, the Rickmansworth Canal Trust, and the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) and more recently to the Canal & River Trust. In 2014 John volunteered 350 hours with WRG. John has been involved in a large range of tasks including working with local schools and promoting and celebrating the work of fellow volunteers through the production of the WRG member magazine ‘Navvies’.

Explorers Education Award – David Payne

David is the lead volunteer coordinator at the s Foxton Locks in Leicestershire and has been instrumental in both setting up this team and coordinating learning activities. Over the years David has delivered a range of school activities and has received a number of letters from schools praising the whole team for all their efforts. David always goes “above and beyond” to ensure his team of volunteers and the teachers and children who visit have a warm, educational and enjoyable experience.

Young Volunteer Award - Dylan Manning and Emile Khan

Dylan volunteers along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as a member of the Burnley Towpath Taskforce group. He always demonstrates clear passion and enthusiasm and in his spare time distributes leaflets along the canal promoting anti-littering and has contacted the local media to promote the towpath task days.

Emile has contributed 550 volunteering hours working in the engineering and water teams within the Canal & River Trust. He has used a specialist computer programme to measure the amount of water lost by the canals which has been of great use to hydrologists. Emile is inspiring others as he has also recruited two new volunteers to work with the Canal & River Trust.

Top - John Hawkins (centre front) working with other volunteers on the Lady Capels Bridge
Below - David Payne, carrying out a school workshop on the canal


Canal & River Trust

Head Office
First Floor North
Station House
500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes

0303 040 4040



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