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Boat vandals fail to deter special cruise
5:00pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS from Acorns Children’s Hospice enjoyed a pleasant afternoon cruise on the river Avon in Evesham thanks to a town business.
The trip on the Spirit of Freedom, part of the Avon Leisure Cruises, took place last Wednesday but almost didn’t happen at all after thieves broke into the boat overnight on August 3 to steal a number of items as well as damage the vessel internally.
But captain Dave Smith was determined to get the boat in tip-top condition in time for the visit from the life-limited and life-threatened children from Acorns on Bath Road, Worcester.
He said: “It’s the least we could do for the hospice.
We’ve been running these trips for the last seven years.
The kids really enjoy it and so do we. The Spirit of Freedom has been adapted to include two hydraulic lifts for easy access to disabled passengers.”
During the trip the children travelled to Evesham Lock, then on to Hampton Ferry, before returning to the boat’s usual mooring alongside Workman Gardens.
The cruise was further supported by Vale Vintage Cars which had parked close to the quayside, giving everyone the chance to look around three vintage vehicles before setting sail. Also on board were Evesham’s Mayor and Mayoress, Mark and Emma Goodge, and Worcester consultant orthopaedic surgeon Nadim Aslam, who helps organise and sponsor the event.
Debra Clark from Acorns Children’s Hospice said: “As usual, Avon Leisure Cruises organised such a wonderful river trip and the kids were so excited. Dave and his crew were generous in every way.”
Mr Aslam is a knee and sports injury specialist and works with Worcester Warriors rugby club, which is on the list of Acorns’ partners, which also include Aston Villa Football Club and Birmingham Airport.
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