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A big thank you to Waitrose

Waitrose have done it again! Staff at their Egham branch chose the River Thames Boat Project as a beneficiary of their Community Matters scheme, which raised a further £286 for us. A big thank you to them and to their customers for supporting our work. Funding Manager, Miranda Jaggers, went to the store to say a personal thank you to James Parkin, Deputy Branch Manager, who presented the cheque.

Marketing and Fundraising Manager sought

RTBP is seeking an experienced, highly self-motivated person to help us both increase our client base and attract more funding for our therapeutic leisure cruises and environmental education programmes.

This is a new position which will be of pivotal importance in promoting and assisting our future work and development. The recent arrival of Thames Discoverer doubles our capacity and offers exciting growth opportunities. To take us forward to our next stage and help us scale up our current activities, we need a fresh eye and innovative approach to our marketing and fundraising.

The successful candidate will be joining our small staff of 4 people, supported by about 70 volunteers.

The position will be full-time, on a rolling annual contract and working flexible hours, partly from home, partly from our Richmond office and partly on our boat. Salary on application.

Please write, with your CV and a personal statement outlining what you might bring to this job together with your own aspirations, to chair@thamesboatproject.org  by 3rd April.

You can download a full job profile here: Marketing Fundraising Manager Job spec

Our new boat, Thames Discoverer, is on her way

Excitement is mounting here at the River Thames Boat Project—our new boat Thames Discoverer is on her way.


She left C .Toms and Sons’ boat yard in Cornwall first thing on Monday 5th February and was lifted from the water in Plymouth. From there she will be taken by road to Reading , where she will be put into the Thames and brought down river to Kingston next week.

Our skipper, Peter Oldham, is planning Thames Discoverer familiarisation training for our volunteer crew, following which she will be put into operation at Easter.

It has been quite a journey for the charity from deciding four years ago to go for a new boat, to working with our naval architect Graham Westbrook and Toms, to now preparing for her arrival. But none of this could have happened without the generosity of all those who dug deep into their pockets and donated — you know who you are, so a very warm thank you.

Nansi is running the Hampton Court Half Marathon for RTBP

Nansi Eggleton, a close friend of Pippa Butterfield, our Office Manager, is running the Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday 18th February to raise money for the River Thames Boat Project.   It would be wonderful if you could sponsor her. Please follow the link here to do so.

We are also running a water station at the Half Marathon outside our mooring so feel free to drop down and say hello and/or to cheer Nansi on.

Raise money for us by drinking beer!

The Hampton Beer Festival, which takes place this weekend, is supporting RTBP as one of its local charities this year.  You can find details about the festival here. So, if you would like to enjoy a cool beer this weekend, buy a ticket and support the charity at the same time: what could be better?