Try Canal Boating for Free at the CanalAbility Open Day

Try Canal Boating for Free at the CanalAbility Open Day

DISABILITY charity CanalAbility, will be offering free cruises on specially adapted canal boats along the beautiful River Stort at their free Open Day on Sunday 28th April.

CanalAbility are an award-winning charity, dedicated to providing the facilities for disabled and disadvantaged people to enjoy boating on the river on specially adapted canal boats.

The Open Day has been organised by a team of dedicated volunteers to promote the work of the charity and find out about the volunteering opportunities available. Visitors will have the chance to cruise the river for free on the adapted canal boats, meet Trustees and volunteers, find out about the waterways and canal history, and there will be games and music. Delicious refreshments will be provided by ASL – Aspire Support Learn who run a successful team room in Harlow. ASL is a community interest company offering employment opportunities and day care to young adults with additional needs.

Last year’s event saw people visiting from all over the region, including Basildon, Loughton and East London. Many of the visitors had a disability themselves or had a family member with a disability or special need, and many enjoyed the free cruises on the accessible boats.

Ten year old Billy and his family were among last year’s event visitors and they enjoyed a cruise along the river on-board Stort Daybreak, which is used exclusively for day hire and will accommodate 12 passengers on a day trip and is so spacious that this number may include 6 wheelchair users.

The free Open Day takes place on Sunday 28th April, 12noon – 6pm and all are welcome. Please note that places are limited for the canal boat cruises and are offered on a first-come, first served basis, no phone bookings will be taken). CanalAbility are located at Lock View, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QS near The Moorhen pub.

To find out more about the Open Day, or arranging your own canal boat experience, contact CanalAbility on 01279 424444 (Mon-Fri, 9.45am – 1.30pm), email hello@canalability.org.uk, or visit the website at www.canalability.org.uk

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