Paralympic Gold Medallist appointed Patron

River Thames Boat Project – 31st January 2017

Paralympic Gold Medallist appointed Patron of River Thames Boat Project charity

Anne Usher (nee Dickins) MBE has been appointed Patron of the River Thames Boat Project (RTBP), a charity that offers therapeutic cruises and educational activities on the Rivanne-dickins-medalser Thames from its base at Kingston Riverside.

Anne is a British paracanoeist who competes in the KL3 classification. She won gold in   the 2016 Paralympics, and has also won two World Championship and three European Championship golds.

Speaking on her appointment, Anne said: “I am delighted to have been invited to become Patron of the River Thames Boat Project, and in giving my support to a charity with a long heritage of helping people of all ages from all walks of life enjoy and learn about the River Thames.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have been on several canal boat holidays with my family which is why I was so excited to be asked to be involved with this charity. We have always had so much fun together and enjoyed travelling along the waterways at a slow pace, working as a team and watching the beautiful nature along the way. anne-dickins-winning

The therapeutic qualities of being on the river should be available to everyone. The charity offers a brilliant way of making the magic effects of the river accessible to all.”

Commenting on the new appointment, the charity’s Chair, Louise Sibley said: “We are delighted and honoured that Anne has agreed to become a Patron.  Her enthusiasm, inspiring others to do their best, “a can-do attitude” and her willingness to get involved, will support our important work.”

You can support this charity by sponsoring one of its many cruises for those living with disability or disadvantage,  or by hiring the boat for a private celebration.  Please make all sponsorship, donation and fundraising enquires to Sonja Freebody, Marketing and Fundraising Executive