About our charities

cctlogoThe Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) was formed to realise the vision of reopening the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn, which provides a link between the River Severn and the Thames River. It is due to the work of CCT, Stroud District Council (SDC) and Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) volunteers that we are able to enjoy a raft race now on Stroud’s canal! CCT is continuously raising funds to complete the restoration to benefit the community through towpaths and recreation, wildlife and biodiversity, commercial enterprises, boaters and Stroud’s visual landscape. Everyone is welcome to volunteer! (check the CCT website).


The Door is a Christian-based youth project, established in 1991 for the benefit of all young people aged 11 to 25 and their families. They are a needs-led organisation, working closely with their clients to offer the right support. The Door is open so every young person and their parents can feel safe, happy and valued, with the best possible opportunity to reach their potential.

The Door’s Youthwork team operate youth clubs from 7 centres across the District in Stroud, Stonehouse, Cam, Dursley, North Nibley and Wotton-under-Edge. Alongside the youth clubs the team provide a range of other projects including key café, aDOORables (young parents group) and ‘detached’ on the streets work.

The Door also offer a suite of services designed to support young people, their parents and carers, or their whole family. Trained volunteer mentors provide 1:1 support to young people, giving them a positive role model and the intensive support that can turn their lives around. This service is also available to parents and carers who in addition can access the Triple P’ parenting programme, both of which enable parents to re-assess life and move forward, whether it’s through dealing with a family break-up, major crisis or just the day to day job of being a parent. Sometimes the whole family needs help to get back on track.Family Face Time offers a friendly facilitator to support families re-opening communication and moving forward.

Other Charities being supported by teams in this year’s race: