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.