On May 25th, we will be walking 21 miles along the Black Country’s canals to celebrate our 21st year.
We need your support. We are a charity and heavily subsidise the cost of our shows to keep performances as affordable to venues and audiences as possible. You can follow our progress on social media and donate online opposite.
Thanks to match-funding from Arts Council England, every £1 you donate is doubled, with an additional 25p if you Giftaid it too!
“We are fast approaching the end-of-August deadline for our Catalyst fundraising drive in which, for every £1 raised or donated, we receive £2.25. With this is mind, we have been trying to come up with as many ways of fundraising as possible. Sending cute children out with collection boxes? Doing a massive raffle? None of these seemed quite feasible but a 21 mile sponsored walk in the Black Country – now there’s a challenge.
I grew up in a tiny village on the edge of nowhere in Cornwall – sea, big hills, quiet green country lanes and no access to a car so an awful lot of walking.
When I arrived in the Black Country 38 years ago, I fell in love with this sprawling urban area and with the people from so many different cultural backgrounds but I have to admit that it was a bit of a struggle being so far from the sea and places I could escape to, away from the throb of traffic.
So it was a real joy to discover an oasis of canals on my doorstep. Wonderful hidden waterways buzzing with wildlife, wildflowers marking the seasons, beautiful cast iron bridges and red brick factories the remnants of a thriving industrial past.
Yes there might be the odd dead cat or discarded shopping trolley breaking the surface but these canals became a haven for me and then for my family.
So where better to do a BCT sponsored walk than on the Black Country canal network? We will be striding out on Saturday 25th May starting at Dudley Port and walking to Wolverhampton and then on to Gas Street Basin.
So far we have recruited staff and Board members but we would love others to join us – if you want to find out more about how the money raised will be used to support our work at Black Country Touring then please take a look above. There are also details above about sponsoring walkers or joining us on the walk.
Oh – and I forgot to mention that the walk will be led by Ernie – see picture below.”