Crusader Community Boating is a Northamptonshire-based registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, that offers day trips on their fully-accessible wide beam boat on the Grand Union Canal.
The charity believe they are the only organisation on the canal network providing free day trips for people with physical or mental disabilities as well as elderly people in care homes, relying on voluntary donations.
To help cover its costs (estimated at around £22,500 for 2021), the charity also offers private charter trips for corporate and personal clients.
The new boat ‘Community Spirit’ will enable the charity to significantly increase its core activity as well as introducing a new service for primary schools. The ‘floating classroom’ will allow children an exciting and meaningful environment in which children might gain an appreciation of the importance of water safety. They might also learn a little about the rich local canal history and the fauna and flora along the waterway.