The Baldwin Trust

The Baldwin trust was formed in 1983 and we have two boats on the river Soar. One is moored at Pillings Marina, Quorn and the other at Leicester marina, Thurmaston.
The Baldwin charitable organisation was formed to help patients of the Baldwin Ward at the former Leicester Firth Hospital by giving them therapeutic trips on the tranquil waters of the river Soar. Our mission is to enhance the wellbeing for people of all ages, especially those living with disabilities and mental illness.
We have already received the Queens award for community Service in 2010.
We operate the two boats with a skipper and two crew. We have a full training program. All skippers are trained to N.C.B.A. standards and are emergency first aid trained.
The boats are operational seven days a week during the summer. Trips are between four to seven hours long and we can carry up to twelve passengers on each boat. We have tea and coffee facilities on board. Prices start at £110.00 and the price includes provision of a skipper and two crew.
Both Dandelion and St Clare are 70 ft long and have ramps and lifts and are designed to take wheel chairs. They have fully fitted kitchens and toilets.
Lunch can be arranged at the — Plough Inn at Normanton, the Waterside at Mountsorrel or the Hope and Anchor at Syston. Alternatively you can have a picnic on board.
We had a very successful season in 2018 and we are expecting a bumper season in 2019.
During the winter months we have been working hard on a maintenance programme replacing windows and decking. We have employed marine engineers for a full inspection and service of our engines. Both boats are mechanically in very good order and are ready for new season commencing in April.
There are over 290 care homes in the Leicester and Rutland area. During 2018 we carried 25% Of them. We want to increase this during 2019.
The start of 2019 we have received substantial donations to support our continuing charitable work of taking the elderly, infirm and disadvantaged of all ages for day trips on the rivers of Leicestershire.
We take groups of people from other organisations, for example WI, Bowls clubs, Tennis clubs, Birthdays and family days out. During 2018 we carried over 2000 clients. During the month of August, we have school trips from Birstall. Each Wednesday. We run one-hour trips from 10.00am to 3.00 pm. During December we have hourly Santa trips from the Hope and Anchor at Syston. We also attend the Leicester Riverside festival in June and the Mountsorrel Revival festival in August and we attend many more community events in the Leicester area. We have a full program for 2019.
The Baldwin Trust can now announce that we have raised funds for our third boat which has been commissioned and will be joining the fleet later in the season. Our new boat will be called HALSEYON DAYS and is a narrow boat which is 68ft in overall length. The design of the boat incorporates many features which will enhance the trip experience for all our clients. Special attention has been paid to specific requirements. Getting on and off the new boat will be much easier as the stern is being built with a flat floor with no trip hazards. A new design passenger lift is being fitted to enable easy safe access especially for those passengers with mobility challenges. The 500kg capacity lift is a very safe design which incorporates many features used by the County Council with an automatic lift and wheelchair stops. The spacious passenger cabin area is fully insulated and heated to ensure a comfortable trip with multiple radiators. Large panoramic windows are fitted in the passenger area. They have a ventilation system that enable each window to be adjusted to meet the customers requirements. We have LED lighting and safety slip resistant flooring. Tables and chairs seat 12 passengers and can be adjusted to accommodate wheelchair seating. There is also a fully fitted galley with a fridge that provides facilities for cooking simple meals and making hot drinks. There is also a washroom/ toilet on board. The bow has been completely re-designed to enable passengers to take in the benefits of the fresh air and sunshine on those hot sunny days. The 43HP Beta diesel engine is fitted with a hospital silencer to reduce noise.
During 2019 our three boats will carry AED defibrillators.
We intend to continue to pursue more grants/donations in order to purchase a second new boat which could be a wide beam.
With three boats on the water this year we need more VOLUNTEERS to crew our boats. We are having an Open Day on Sunday 9th June. This will be held on DANDELION at Pillings Marina, Quorn between 10.30am to 4.00pm. Please come along. We welcome gentlemen and ladies with or without experience. There will be skippers and crew on board to give you all the up to date information about the trust and we will answer all your questions. We look forward to meeting you. Please visit our web site for full information on the Baldwin Trust. Information on all our activities is available on our website including pictures of our craft: www.baldwintrust.co.uk