Keep Sobriety Barge Sailing - Urgent Repair Appeal

by Clare Hunt, Business Development Manager in Goole, England, United Kingdom

Keep Sobriety Barge Sailing - Urgent Repair Appeal
We did it
On 15th August 2017 we successfully raised £840 with 13 supporters in 28 days

Our appeal aims to carry out urgent repairs to the historic barge Sobriety which offers residential canal trips for disadvantaged children.

by Clare Hunt, Business Development Manager in Goole, England, United Kingdom

The historic coal carrying barge Sobriety was originally converted by our charity in 1973 to offer residential experiences on the Yorkshire Waterways for disadvantaged children. Over the years it has been modernised and is now a unique resource to connect young people with their waterways heritage. The barge is based at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum  in Goole which is the most inland working port. During this summer a series of primary schools have benefited from a week long residential to the National Coal Mining Museum to link the coal mines with the port from where the coal was transported by barge.

As a primary school were starting their journey this week the barge suffered from mechanical failure meaning that it now needs urgent repairs including a new gear box and diesel injector pump. Currently the children are on board moored near Wakefield and are unable to make the trip. Without the success of this appeal  children will be unable to continue to enjoy this experience and learning opportunity as our charity does not have the money to repair the barge.

If we are successful in achieving our goal the trips will resume and the people who have supported this appeal will be able to follow the progress of Sobriety either on our website or as a visitor to the museum.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

A place on one of our full day canal trips in Yorkshire. The dates can be arranged by contacting us.

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