The Beatrice Charity has been named as one the 2019 recipients of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This recognises over 40 years of service to the people of North Staffordshire, in particular the children at the region's excellent schools for those with special educational needs. A formal presentation will be made by the Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire in late summer/early autumn. We are delighted that the work of our volunteers has been so publicly acknowledged.
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. The Beatrice is now ready for another 20 years of service.
We are always grateful to receive photos of the Beatrice taken by walkers and boaters on the Caldon Canal.
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.