Upper Dearne Valley Navigators was set up initially to provide kayaking and outdoor activities for young people.
Upper Dearne Valley Navigators has helped young people participate in community events, such as Light Up The Woods, a free specatcle where community groups create lanterns from waste and for one night light up a local woodland.
The group has also run camps, and international trips to Alsace and Belgum, often the first time that some of its young members had been abroad.
The group grew and we managed to acquire kit for many activities, kayaking being the main activity. The trailer we used was donated by a Scout group that was not using it, so was old and uninsurable.
The group is largely self-funded, only seeking additional funds for specific projects or emergencies. Unfortunately, we now face just such an emergency.
On the 15th October the trailer and all our kit was stolen. Through a social media campaign we located it and recovered it. However, the thieves had had an accident and the hitch mechanism and the chassis were damaged. The force of. the accident sheared off the spare wheel carrier.
The repair costs run to around £1000, and a replacement second hand trailer will be about £1500 - a new trailer could be around £5,000.
We are crowdfunding to raise the money to at least repair the trailer, or buy a second hand trailer.
Until we can make repairs we cannot take our young people out kayaking.
Thank you for considering our cause.