Replacing Kitty

by Gren Gale in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom

£6,843

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £1255.75
£20,000 target 20 days left
34% 115 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 26th December 2021 at 2:08pm

Kitty is our community trip boat run by volunteers. She is near the end of her life and we want to replace her with an all-electric boat

by Gren Gale in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom

Entirely run by volunteers

The Basingstoke Canal Society has over 1,000 members and is run entirely by volunteers.  Kitty, our community trip boat is no exception with a whole band of people giving up their free time to keep her running.  Trips on Kitty get a 5* rating on Tripadvisor and attract thousands of visitors each year. 

We need to replace Kitty

A canal boat can only go on for so long before repairs become almost impossible to sustain.  Kitty is nearing the end of her life and we plan to replace her with an all-electric boat.  Kitty is named after the last horse to tow boats along the canal, so it’s fitting that with your help she will be replaced by a boat with an equally environmentally sound power unit!  

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An Electric Revolution

As well as making the new Kitty non-polluting and all-electric, we also plan to install several charging points on the canal in Woking which will represent the first step towards making the canal fully electric for all users.  

Better adapted for the Less Abled

The new Kitty will be much better adapted for the less abled, being designed from scratch to allow easier wheelchair access and provide enough space for an on-board toilet.

Kitty is a Community Resource 

Kitty is very much a community resource which in addition to introducing thousands of visitors each year to the beauty of one of the finest canal environments in the UK also provides trips for local schoolchildren, care homes, hospitals, heritage open days and people with disabilities. Kitty has also had a long association with the Children of Chernobyl taking children on trips each year.

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We need to raise a lot of money!!

Sadly canal boats don't come cheap!  The boat will be produced by a UK based boatbuilder and together with installing the charging network, we need to raise around £200,000 to replace Kitty.  To prime this, the Basingstoke Canal Society is contributing £70,000 from its own funds and we are aiming to raise the remaining £130,000 from a variety of sources including grants, individual and corporate donations and an art auction in late February at the Lightbox in Woking.

Don't Lose Kitty!

So please help us reach our funding target.  Kitty has a limited life left and if we can't raise the funds, we'll lose this valuable community resource.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Your name recorded forever on our 'Wall of Fame' on the Basingstoke Canal Society website as a supporter of Kitty, invite to the official launch ceremony

£150 or more

Premium Donor

One free charter of new Kitty (value £60), your name recorded forever as a premium donor on our 'Wall of Fame' on the Basingstoke Canal Society website, invite to the official launch ceremony.

£500 or more

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Silver Reward

Silver VIP pre-launch trip on new Kitty, limited edition commemorative coin, two free charters of new Kitty (value £120), your name recorded forever as a Silver Donor on our 'Wall of Fame' on the Basingstoke Canal Society website.

£1,000 or more

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Gold Donor

VIP invite to the official launch ceremony, Gold VIP pre-launch trip on new Kitty, boxed limited edition commemorative coin, three free charter trips (value £180) on the new Kitty, your name recorded forever as a Gold Donor on our 'Wall of Fame' on the Basingstoke Canal Society website.

£5,000 or more

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Platinum Donor

Your name recorded as a major donor on a plaque on the new Kitty, VIP invite to the official launch ceremony including VIP introductions and press and publicity coverage (if wished), Platinum VIP pre-launch trip on new Kitty, 5 free charter trips (value £300), boxed limited edition commemorative coin, your name recorded forever as a Platinum Donor on our 'Wall of Fame' on the Basingstoke Canal Society website

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