SUSPENSION of BOOKING: With great regret we have to announce that all school bookings have had to be cancelled for the 2020 season. Private bookings have been suspended until 1 September and a decision will be made in August about posssible resumption - even if non-school bookings can be allowed in September and October there will have to be some restrictions, depending on the situation at the time.
The Beatrice Charity received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony on 4 October 2019. The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, presented us with a domed crystal and a certificae signed by HM the Queen. This award recognises over 40 years of service to children with special needs, and to adults with disabilities, and is a reward for the wonderful work of many volunteers over the years who have given their services freely and cheerfully. The Lord Lieutenant is show on the boat with a party from the Meadows School, Leek and two of our trustees.
The process of refurbishing the boat has been substantially completed Over the past few years there have been many improvement, with a new engine, floor, toilet, cabin seats and central heating system. Last year we received a legacy donation from the Columbus Fellowship, which closed after nearly 60 years of excellent work with young people. This funded a new lift, improved disabled facilities in the bathroom, improvements to the cockpit, and some changes to the electrical system; we also replaced the tired front-deck chairs. IN the early spring of 2020 the boat's hull will be grit blasted and given top-class blacking. The Beatrice will then be ready for another 20 years of service.
While Beatrice has been inactive we have repainted and re-varnished the cabin, inserting new white risers to the front steps, making the boat lighter and more attractive.
To book a trip – to check the boat's availability on this website, Trips on the Beatrice; ask for a booking on firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 01538 710566
To donate – see Virgin Giving on the left of this this website page (or phone 01538 386820)
To volunteer as crew, or to talk to the Chairman, phone 01538 386820, or email him on email@example.com
What the Charity is
The Beatrice Charity was established over 30 years ago to run school trips on the beautiful, peaceful Caldon Canal for children with additonal educational needs. Its boat, Beatrice, runs from late April to late October. Out of school terms and at weekends 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. Schools are not charged but for other trips we suggest a donation of £130 (£150 at weekends. Our season starts on 1 April and runs to 31 October. Up-to-date information about the boat's availability may be viewed here.
The Beatrice Charity's vision is safely to:
give children with additional educational 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.