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Total raised so far


£11,820.00 of £50,000 target +£895.75 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

2 years ago

Cllr Valerie Bossman-Quarshie


About us

Essentially a youth club based in an oasis of calm and secure water amidst towering city buildings and social housing, Islington Boat Club has been offering watersports based activities for 50 years. We have seen over half a million children through our gates and hope to see millions more. Started in 1970 by local activist Crystal Hale, IBC has developed from a small youth club into a cross generational, fully inclusive community gem.
Back in April 2020, we had planned to hold our 50th Birthday celebrations and we could never have imagined we’d be facing a challenge like coronavirus; which would mean we would have to shut our gates for the first time in the history of the club.
One thing remains true for Islington Boat Club (IBC), that after Covid 19, and for the next 50 years we want to continue our mission - To inspire learning, improve health, promote socialisation and strengthen the Islington community by providing a wide range of safe and affordable water-based activities for everyone – with a focus on young people, the over-50s and people with disabilities. Our full history can be found on our website.

Charity number: 287680


Event dates: Saturday 1st May 2021 – Friday 31st December 2021

We are aiming to raise £50,000 to secure IBCs future with a series of events and fundraising campaigns around the number 50, to celebrate our 50 years at City Road Basin and to look ahead to the next 50 (minimum!).

Our aim is to join forces with local people, schools, youth groups and businesses and build up a team who will help us raise the money to ensure that we can support them in the future: to encourage people to try out watersports for health and wellbeing; and last but by no means least…………….to have FUN!!

How could you help……………………………..

Make a donation by hitting the donate now button


Become a Mission50 ambassador

  • Do you think you could do 50 squats a day for 50 days?
  • Could you manage to eat 50 Maltesers in 5 minutes?
  • Why not knit 50 squares that could be made into a blanket to help people keep warm on our Narrowboat?
  • Bake 50 cakes and sell them?
  • Paddle 50 widths of the basin in a kayak?
  • Find 50 friends or family to sponsor you!!!!
  • Walk 50 miles?
  • Knit 50 woolie hats?
  • Cycle 50 miles?
  • 50 kick ups?
  • 50 minutes of exercise?
  • 50hrs of volunteering?
  • Using Strava, walk or run “50” on the map

Come up with your own 50 challenges, we’ll be right behind you all the way!!

Mission 50 Team Challenges

  • 5 hour litter picking challenge
  • 5 person 5k kayak challenge
  • 5 person cycle 50 miles
  • 50 slide stunts with five people
  • 5 hours sponsored
  • Basketball Challenge - 50 goals each

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If you can support our ambassadors then please pledge what you can, every penny will help! However if you cannot donate then it would mean the world to us if you'd spread the word by simply sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Insta and any other social media that you use.

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Our updates

2 years ago

Our taster days and pedalo hire are proving very popular and are generating funds for the campaign. We are now £5,600 into our target. A way to go yet so if you have any ideas to help us get nearer to our target please let us know

We would love to hear some of your ideas for challenges!!

3 years ago

Absolutely amazing that we have raised over £4,800 to date (with gift aid).
This is with only (so far) a handful of ambassadors, so our target is well within reach if we can engage more people to take on a challenge.
Please share the details of the campaign, maybe take up a challenge of your own? It just needs to be based on the number 50 and hopefully be a lot of fun!!

3 years ago

Oh my goodness!! We haven't even started all our campaigns and we have already raised over £2,500.00.
Thank you SO much to all our sponsors and donors, we really do appreciate your time and generosity.
If anyone would like to start their own MISSION50 challenge we will be right behind you with support and encouragement.
Just email

3 years ago

Many thanks for jumping in with us from day one!!!
We're on our way.................................................. :)

50 Tasters!

50 Tasters!

Islington Boat Club

£3,015.00 raised of £1,000.00 target

Over 50's for Mission50!

Over 50's for Mission50!

IBC Upperdeckers - fundraising on & offline

£2,211.00 raised

Oscar's 50 miles of running

Oscar's 50 miles of running

Oscar Ellis

£1,030.00 raised of £1,000.00 target

Mission50 Cruising Choir

Mission50 Cruising Choir

Islington Boat Club

£450.00 raised