Youngsters at the wheel - The Ethel Trust Community Barge

Ethel the community barge gets donation from housebuilder

A community barge charity has been handed £1,000 to upgrade the facilities of its 57 feet canal barge, Ethel.

The Ethel Trust Community Barge received the donation from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire as part of its Community Champions fund, which sees two regional worthy causes awarded up to £1,000 each month.

David Tuck, who made the application on behalf of the charity, based in Sheffield, said: “We provide free boating trips along the canals and rivers of South Yorkshire for the benefit of community groups and organisations and cater for all ages and abilities.

“Ethel is a fully accessible purpose-built barge, she is 25-years-old and has been well used. As with any waterborne vessel it is vital the maintenance is kept up-to-date to ensure we can continue to offer our services safely. Persimmon Homes’ donation will go towards improving our current sanitary facilities. We are very grateful as their donation will cover the majority of the costs.

Simon Whalley, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “We launched a new development in Woodhouse, Sheffield, late last year so are delighted to be able to support such an interesting project.

“This is exactly what our Community Champions scheme is all about, supporting good causes to make a positive change in the areas we work.”

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