Operating Beatrice and the charity costs around £9,000 each year. This does not include the cost of major restoration work, which has been largely covered by fund-raising and bidding for grants.
We do not charge schools for trips because we do not want some of the most deprived children to lose out on this wonderful experience. Schools do, of course, make generous donations when they can. All our skippers and crew are volunteers, but our running costs include fuel, insurance, the Canal and River Trust licence and car parking at our Cheddleton base. Also, and not easy to forecast, we have the cost of maintaining Beatrice in a smart, safe and sustainable condition.
Non-school users of Beatrice are invited to make a donation to our costs. We suggest £130 for weekdays, or £150 at weekends. More is always most welcome. And we make bids, often successfully, to charities that value our work and are happy to help with our running costs
We need help and your assistance in this would be most welcome. If you can help, with however small an amount, please use the Virgin Giving form at the bottom of the page, on the right. If you are a UK tax payer it would be of great help if you could take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme.
Leek’s Town Crier Bill Lomas is a great advocate of Beatrice, helping us through his Christmas appeals and encouraging support for the charity. Here he is seeing children from the local Meadows School off on their trip.