Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley was delighted to be invited to visit the Beatrice Charity recently, which has been named as one the 2019 recipients of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Chairman Derek Hilyer and Pam Hallam showed Karen around the Beatrice, a very special narrow boat, pointing out the special facilities such as the lift which can transport wheelchairs down into the cabin and explaining how they work with many schools, including the Meadows school in Leek, to give children with all kinds of disabilities and learning difficulties the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the delights of waterway cruising.
The standard route for schools is from the mooring at Cheddleton Flint Mill to the aqueduct and sometimes further along to the Leek Tunnel.
“It was lovely to meet Derek and Pam down at the Cheddleton Flint Mill and see the Beatrice for myself. It is such a special boat and the Charity really does such amazing work. They are so passionate about what they do and absolutely deserve the recognition of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”