Veolia has donated £630 to the community boat charity, the River Thames Boat Project for volunteer event crew uniform (Hi-viz vests, caps and polos). This is in readiness for the arrival of its second custom-designed wheelchair accessible boat, Thames Discoverer.
Veolia has been very supportive in the local community by aiding the charity with recycling education and river clean-ups. In addition, Veolia Environmental Trust has given a generous donation towards the construction of Thames Discoverer.
The River Thames Boat Project has owned and operated Thames Venturer since 1989, providing therapeutic cruises and river-based environmental outdoor learning. Thames Venturer is very stable, safe and warm offering a perfect space for those in the community who are less mobile or for those who need extra care and the second boat; Thames Discoverer will be equally special.
Louise Sibley, Chair of Trustees said, “As a community boat charity, we have a reputation for designing and delivering specialised and innovative programmes for our clients, delivered by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Our activities meet some of society’s most pressing needs: helping vulnerable people connect with the river and its wildlife; and educating people about sustainability and the environment.
The new boat, Thames Discoverer will combine modern standards of accessibility, energy conservation and ease of operation with a classic, timeless build. All our clients will feel like special guests.”
The River Thames Boat Project, Open Day and Handmade Craft Sale is from 9.30am-4pm on 16th July at the Barge Dock, Down Hall Road, Kingston near Canbury Gardens. All are welcome to tour the boats, and to enjoy homemade cake and tea on deck or below in the large comfortable saloon.
You can support the River Thames Boat Project by sponsoring one of its many cruises for those living with disability or disadvantage, or by hiring the boat for a private celebration. See website for further information www.thamesboatproject.org