The Baldwin Trust

The Baldwin Trust are excited to enter 2020 with the launch of our new narrow boat fundraising scheme “Put a foot in the water for The Baldwin Trust” Part 2! 2019 saw a severe downturn in our revenue, due to the unprecedented amount of rainfall, causing the rivers and canals to be closed by the authorities. This resulted in us having to cancel many of the pre-booked cruises in the summer and autumn, our busiest time of the year. The weather and river conditions also severely affected our planning to provide Santa Cruises throughout December, despite Santa being booked and all the presents ready to give out! St Clare, our founding narrow boat has, due to her age (she has cruised for the Trust for 31 years), incurred repeated mechanical failures, leading to high repair costs and cancelled cruises. The Trustees have made the very difficult decision to retire her from service for the 2020 season. We therefore need to accelerate our fundraising, in order to acquire our second new narrow boat. This will be built at the end of 2020 ready for the 2021 season, to bring our fleet up to three boats. It will allow us to continue to provide a valuable recreational activity for the community and remove uncertainty from our operation as we strive for self-sufficiency in the future. Plans for our new boat include additional and improved equipment for the physically and mentally disadvantaged users. We are also considering the use of more environmentally friendly forms of power and doing our bit to protect our environment whilst, at the same time, providing sensory facilities and improved handling techniques to cater for the more severely disadvantaged clients and users. We are working hard to build up our links with local organisations and would like to increase our reach with new contacts with Dementia and Stroke Associations during the coming year. We have some donated funds already allocated but require a further £75,000 to be able to make this a reality. Remaining cost per foot required = £1,100. If you are able to donate for “a foot” or towards a smaller part of the new boat this can either be done securely online Or by emailing [email protected] and further details can be provided. Your support is very much appreciated and all donations will be acknowledged. If you would prefer to donate towards a specific item we currently require: • Disability toilet • Wheelchair lift • Internal furniture • Wheelchair ramp • Fully fitted kitchen / galley facilities • Engine, fitted and commissioned • Gear box and stern gland • Internal electrics and plumbing. The Baldwin Trust was set up in the 1980’s to provide a recreational activity for patients of the Baldwin Ward at a former Leicestershire hospital, with the object of enhancing their lives and allowing them enjoyable times outside of the hospital. Our main mission is to reach all members of our community that may experience loneliness or isolation at any time due to physical, mental or economic reasons. The legacy continues, as we provide private, crewed narrow boat cruises for the community on Leicestershire’s waterways, all operated by a wonderful, friendly team of trained volunteers on our 12 passenger, and adapted narrow boats. We now have 75 unpaid, local volunteers working hard to provide this service. The design of our narrow boats incorporates many features which enhance the cruise experience for our clients – ramps and lifts for wheelchair and walking frame users or those with limited mobility, spacious cabins and an adapted toilet with space for carer access, plus fully equipped galley kitchens. For any other information and bookings visit our web site, email [email protected] or call our bookings line on 07923 817 718