£10,000 National Lottery funding boost for Pride of Sefton canal boat

The Pride of Sefton community project is celebrating after being awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding.

The funding will support the small team of volunteers to deliver complimentary leisure trips for local community groups in and around Liverpool.

A leisure trip aboard the Pride of Sefton wide beam canal boat allows passengers to take in the beautiful countryside and urban landscapes between the historic Collingwood and Brunswick Docks in Liverpool. Savouring the breath-taking sights of the majestic Three Graces and the Royal Albert Dock before sailing through Mann Island.

Ann Owens, Pride of Sefton said: “We are delighted to have been awarded National Lottery funding which will allow us to continue supporting local community groups, including vulnerable and isolated individuals, to enjoy a unique and memorable day out.

We have a great team of volunteers who give up their time to deliver leisure trips to the community but the National Lottery funding is valuable in order to support this. To ensure we can continue to deliver these complimentary trips aboard the Pride of Sefton, this funding will support training our volunteers to ensure crew are fully qualified.”

Vikki Martlow, from Sefton Opera said: “We deliver a wide range of health and wellbeing activities for older and vulnerable people in Sefton. We have enjoyed a number of trips out on the Pride of Sefton and it has been a great experience for the people we support, giving them an opportunity to see Liverpool from a different perspective. The crew are extremely helpful and have vast knowledgeable of the Liverpool canal system. We are very lucky to have the Pride of Sefton in our local community.”