The Maid needs help – throw her a lifeline!

by Loch Lomond Steamship Company in Balloch, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th June 2020 we successfully raised £16,449 with 251 supporters in 28 days

Please join me and make a difference? Every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much

by Loch Lomond Steamship Company in Balloch, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Maid is really missing you! 

Due to the effects of Covid-19 Lockdown, the Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch needs your help to get her through this season.

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Why we need your support

Everything here at Balloch Pier on Loch Lomond is very quiet with all work ceased, staff furloughed and, while costs have been cut back to a minimum, lockdown means we will lose almost all of this season’s income from visitors to the ship and the Winch House. That income is vital to maintain the ship at the pier in Balloch and we don’t know when we can reopen but we need to be ready to return to full visitor operation as soon as possible.

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What is The Maid of the Loch?

The Maid of the Loch was the last paddle steamer to be built in the UK, so it is very important we maintain this historic vessel for all to enjoy. After cruising the loch until 1981 she was allowed to decay for many years until our volunteers managed to get control of the vessel and began their rescue effort. They have since worked incredibly hard to bring her back to life and recently have even managed to get the engine turning again. The smell of hot steam and oil has filled the engine room once more during our special In Steam event days.

Recent efforts by volunteers to research and collate the ship's heritage have resulted in contributions from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. So this is about more than the ship - we need to reawaken and preserve these memories.

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She now offers a special place amidst Loch Lomond's spectacular scenery where people can relax and enjoy our wonderful view, learn about the ship and be happy meeting with friends and families.  She is a venue for singing, dancing, music making, health and wellbeing and provides an opportunity for the local and wider Maid communities to interact and grow together.

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The Maid offers unique saloons ready to welcome meetings, conferences and celebrations of all kinds. More photos on our website.

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How can you help?

Just to operate the ship at the pier costs over £100k per annum and we need to raise some of that to keep the Maid going until we can reopen. Costs include insurance, power, staff, licenses and from now on there will be additional costs required to provide safe reopening while meeting new rules for virus control.

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All money raised will be used to keep the ship maintained and safe and allow us to reopen to visitors and events as soon as possible. 

You can just make a donation but also claim one of our rewards which feature our Friends/Supporter club memberships. If you are already a Friend then we can send the membership to someone else. Please email us if you'd like to do that.

Rewards will be sent as soon as possible, bearing in mind the current restrictions on permitted work, and will be valid during any open period in 2020 and during 2021 open period. These images show some of the gifts added to our rewards.

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Special Place

The Maid has a special place in many peoples’ hearts and we hope she has a little bit of yours. Your donation will help our lovely old lady be ready to welcome everyone once again.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A big thank you from the Maid of the Loch.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Free entry season ticket including In Steam Events – normal price £12

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Free entry season ticket including In Steam Events plus Maid of the Loch tea towel.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Free entry season ticket including In Steam Events plus tea/coffee voucher for 2.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

One year’s Single Friends Club benefits + bookmark. One year’s Friends Club benefits comprise Free entry to ship, special badge, coffee voucher for 2, Friends only newsletters, special Friends only events.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

One year’s Dual Friends Club benefits for two people plus Maid of the Loch hessian shopping bag. Benefits comprise free entry to ship, special badges, coffee voucher for 2, Friends only newsletters, special Friends only events.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

One year’s Dual Friends Club benefits for two people plus Maid of the Loch hessian shopping bag, mug and pen. Benefits comprise free entry to ship, special badges, coffee voucher for 2, Friends only newsletters, special Friends only events.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

3 hour use of Aft Deck Saloon or Queens Lounge for private event during 2020/21 plus One year’s Dual Friends Club benefits for two people comprising free entry to ship, special badges, coffee voucher for 2, Friends only newsletters, special Friends only events.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

One day use of Aft Deck Saloon or Queens Lounge for private event or conference during 2020/21 plus One year’s Dual Friends Club benefits for two people comprising free entry to ship, special badges, coffee voucher for 2, Friends only newsletters, special Friends only events.

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

Bespoke event or conference package including welcome by Director of Loch Lomond Steamship Company during 2020/21 plus One year’s Dual Friends Club benefits for two people comprising free entry to ship, special badges, coffee voucher for 2, Friends only newsletters, special Friends only events.

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