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News article created on 3 July 2015

New work boat to boost Worcestershire's waterway volunteering

A new work boat launched on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal will provide a boost to the volunteers helping to keep the waterway running.

The boat, restored by the Canal & River Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will allow waterway volunteers better access to different spots along the canal, as well as opening up new waterborne volunteering activities.

In addition to being used by the Trust’s own volunteers, the boat will be available to other canal volunteering groups, including the Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society and the Worcester Canal Group.

Caroline Kendall, volunteer development co-ordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re really excited to get this boat up and running, it’s going to make such a difference to the volunteers in the area.  There are so many people who give back to the waterway, and we want to take this opportunity to thank them for all of their hard work and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.”

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Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “The volunteers around Worcester make a huge contribution to the canal, and it’s fantastic that our players, through supporting the Canal & River Trust, can help them have even more of an impact. Hopefully with the boat on the water even more members of the community will have the chance to get involved.”

The boat’s name, the Wanderer, was officially revealed at a ceremony at Worcester’s Commandery on July 1, after local school children were invited to submit suggestions as part of a competition.