Over the last year DHU Health Care raised donations for charities and Chesterfield Canal Trust was selected as one of the local organisations to benefit from our colleagues fundraising.
Chesterfield Canal was selected for the £1k donation for their work with marginalised groups, offering free trip boats for disadvantaged people, dedicated volunteer team and overall improvement to the local area.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust is a charity run entirely by volunteers whose aim is to fully restore the Chesterfield Canal from West Stockwith, on the River Trent, to Chesterfield, a distance of 46 miles.
Since 1989, 12 miles of the canal have been restored along with 37 locks and 11 bridges; 2 new marinas have been built. The latest section, Hartington Harbour, was opened at our Festival in 2018.
There are now less than nine miles left to restore. The Chesterfield Canal Trust has set itself a bold target of 2027 for the completion of the restoration because this is the 250th Anniversary of the opening of the canal.
Peter Hardy, Chair of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, was grateful for the donation, saying: “On behalf of the Chesterfield Canal Trust I would like to thank you for the very kind donation to our charity.
“Our ambition, in the Trust, is to restore the whole length of the canal by 2027 (the 250th anniversary of the opening of the canal) and your donation will help us achieve our aim.
“We employed a person last year to bid for large grants and work out the details involved in restoring the canal and we expect to be spending large sums of money in the next few years as we move from one section to another. Your donation not only is very kind but also very timely.”
DHU Health Care, as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, endeavours to improve the community not only through our excellent patient care but also by supporting charitable organisation where possible.