A Welshpool-based charity that provides canal boat trips for disabled children and adults has been set on a smoother fundraising course thanks to a £500 donation from the West Brom.
The Heulwen Trust is run by volunteers and over 30 years has provided trips for more than 63,000 people with disabilities through some of Wales’ most beautiful countryside.
It operates two narrowboats, Heulwen II and Heulwen III Silver Lady, with the majority of funds needed raised from the Welshpool Country Music Festival held in July. However, as time has gone on it has become harder to meet the annual running costs.
Now thanks to the West Brom, and a chance conversation in the festival’s tea tent, the fundraising is in much smoother waters.
Rachael Jones, Manager of the building society’s Welshpool branch, said: “The Heulwen Trust is very important to the town. We first formed a relationship with them when they were chosen by branch customers as a beneficiary in our Community Counts campaign and as a result were awarded £250.
“The Trust’s aim is to raise enough money from the Country Music Festival to run its canal boats for the next 12 months, but achieving that is not easy as it was.
“This year I was volunteering at the event along with my colleague Bernadette Broxton. We were serving in the tea tent and the charity told us that because of the increasing cost of organising the festival they were falling short of meeting their target.
“So I asked if the West Brom could help and we managed to come up with the £500.”
David Corfield, Chairman of the Heulwen Trust, said: “The narrowboat trips give enormous pleasure and benefit to the individuals and groups that come on board.
“This is turn delights the volunteers who work tirelessly to keep the service going. The donation from the West Brom is very welcome and will make an important contribution towards our running costs.”