As a charity, we understand how important fundraising is. When people take the time to do something to help support your work, it’s hugely appreciated.

Staff at the trust have taken part in fancy dress fun runs to marathons to help bolster our resources, but it’s not only our own charity team members help.

Our head of land management and avid gig rower Hazel Kendall took part in a 24-mile row from Gorran Haven to Falmouth on 28 December, adding the growing total of more than £6,500 (at 20 Jan) for men’s mental health support charity, Man Down Cornwall.

Hazel said: “It was fun, wet, cold, and long but the camaraderie among the different crews is wonderful.

“It’s great to help do something towards raising such a great amount for a worthy cause.”

Visit https://uk.gofundme.com/f/cornish-barbarians-festive-gig-row to donate before the end of January 2020.

You can also find out how to fundraise for your rivers and the habitats they support at: wrt.org.uk/support/

Being near water is recognised as having the potential to have a positive effect on our mental health. In the last decade, scientific research has been conducted to back up this up, including by universities in Exeter and Plymouth. Articles such as this from the Guardian, can tell you more: theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/03/blue-space-living-near-water-good-secret-of-happiness

 Photo shows Hazel (4th from left) with crew mates after the row.