The Beatrice Charity

The narrow boat Beatrice serves children with additional needs from schools in North Staffordshire. It is also used by groups that may benefit from its disabled facilities and fund-raising trips are arranged for social groups. Beatrice is moored at the Cheddleton Flint Mill, on the beautiful Caldon Canal.

The charity’s vision is safely to
• give children with special needs – be they physical, emotional, educational or social - a pleasant, interesting and memorable outing in surroundings which are, for many, otherwise denied to them;
• provide the opportunity for disabled children and adults to experience, enjoy and learn from the many delights of waterway cruising;
• offer boat users the chance to participate in the process of narrow boat working – giving them an interesting and rewarding way of developing confidence and self-esteem.

The children served are from specialist schools. Adult groups include care homes, homes for the disabled, residential villages for the elderly, disability groups. On average each year Beatrice
• carries 625 children on 82 runs;
• runs 25 trips for groups that may benefit from our facilities for those with disabilities;
• hosts 16 social groups on fund-raising trip;
• takes 1,286 passengers (including school and care staff) on 124 trips.

Derek Hilyer

The Beatrice Charity
01538 386820