Local Community Charity Becomes a Victim of Moving “Too Quickly”!

Following the launch of a nationwide fundraising campaign during November 2017, The Baldwin Trust, a local waterways based community charity, now has a different problem to solve!
The Trust was set up in 1983 to help patients of the Baldwin Ward at the former Leicester Frith Hospital by giving them therapeutic trips on the tranquil waters of the local river and canal system.
The Trust is a Charity crewed entirely by volunteers to provide enjoyable days out for people of all ages and physical abilities. The boats are fitted with ramps and lifts for easy access for wheelchairs and other mobility issues. They are also very happy to arrange trips for family and community groups wishing to have a great day on the water.
Set the task of securing funds to replace both of its 30+ year old narrow boats; the funding team and volunteers have been successful in raising adequate funds to order the first of the new 68 foot long narrow boats. Construction will start in February and completion is expected during July 2019.
Having transported nearly 2,000 members of our community on the canals and rivers of Leicestershire during 2018, the volunteers have been surprised and delighted by the level of support to acquire the first new boat but now find that the Trust needs more volunteers and experienced skippers to man the increased fleet of three boats by August this year! They never expected this to happen so quickly! (They also need money for the second boat!).
They have recruited 15 new volunteers during the last 6 months but need at least 15 more to meet the growing demand from disadvantaged people of all ages to enjoy a day on the river!
Can you help? Are you interested in using your spare time to help those less able than you? If you enjoy the outdoors and time by the waterside or may have some sailing experience, working with this Trust could be just right for you!
You can visit the website for the Trust at www.baldwintrust.co.uk and fill out the volunteer application form and return it to the Trust or you can write to:
The Secretary, 52, Johnson Road, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 3AS with your details.
The Baldwin Trust.