The first Beatrice was launched in July 1978 by Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal.

The Beatrice held a Coffee Morning on Saturday 28 January at Trinity Church Leek. Thanks to excellent work by the Beatrice team and family members £580 was raised towards the cost of the winter repainting and overhaul of the boat. We are, of course, most grateful to Trinity for hosting the event.

The Beatrice has been completely repainted at Aston Marina (near Stone). In addition, certain urgent work has been undertaken on the drive, steering and other mechanisms, and the boat is being given a full service. It is costing up to £12,500 (contributions gratefully received) and will complete the total refurbishment of the boat, fitting it for another 15 years of excellent service.

We are delighted that the Garfield Weston Foundation has made a wonderful grant of £3,000 towards the Beatrice's winter work Schools have contributed an excellent £750. and Endon and Stockton Brook Rotary has given us £250. The Trinity Church coffee morning last September raised over £300. Emma Atkinson, who is going to be providing catering at Froghall Wharf this year, made up half of the £350 we received at the Froghall Canals Fun Day in July.

The suggested donation for non-school trips has been raised from £100 to £120 (in the week), with £140 at weekend. The rates were last increased in 2012.

 In 2016 we carried 672 children, and 303 teaching staff: in total there were 1,426 passengers. We made 133 trips, 89 of them for children.

 Beatrice at Froghall


To make a booking 07815 915675             

To contact the boat 07582 882515

To contact the Chairman 01538 386820 or 07734106546

The Beatrice Charity was established over 30 years ago to run trips on the beautiful, peaceful Caldon Canal for children with special needs. Its boat, Beatrice, runs from late April to late October. Out of school terms Beatrice is widely used for outings for groups of children and adults who have disabilities or infirmity. It is also available for fund-raising trips. For non-school trips we suggest a donation of £120 (£140 at weekends and bank holidays).

Beatrice is available when not needed by schools - the season starts in April. Up-to-date availability information may be viewed here.

The Beatrice Charity's vision is safely to:

  • give children with special needs – be they physical, emotional, educational or social – a pleasant, interesting and memorable outing in surroundings which are, for many, otherwise denied to them;

  • provide the opportunity for disabled children and adults to experience, enjoy and learn from the many delights of waterway cruising;

  • offer boat users the chance to participate in the process of canal boat working – giving them an interesting and rewarding way of developing confidence and self-esteem.

A bridge on the Leek Branch of the Caldon Canal

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