Youngsters enjoy Worcestershire canal trip

First published in News

YOUNGSTERS have been enjoying specially organised canal trips on the county's waterways.

Two groups of seven young carers from across Worcestershire, aged between seven and 15-years-old, enjoyed a well-earned break as they travelled along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal aboard the 36 foot long day boat, Emma.

The two-hour trips were organised by Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays and Lions Club Bromsgrove, being supported by Rubery's Morrisons supermarket.

The groups travelled from Alvechurch and back, enjoying a picnic lunch at Tardebigge Wharf .

Worcestershire Young Carers is a scheme working with children and young people aged up to 25-years-old, providing them support and assistance as they care for a family member.

Mary Lewis, leader team manager of the Worcestershire Young Carers, said: "These are children and young people with a lot of responsibilities on young shoulders, so the canal boat trip is a splendid opportunity for them to relax and enjoy an activity that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

"I would like to thank all those involved for this wonderful gift, I am sure the young carers will have a fantastic time.”

Keith Godwin, of the Bromsgrove Lions, said: "When we were given the opportunity to take groups on Emma for a day trip, we immediately thought of the young carers in our area. They are a very deserving group of young people and we were pleased to offer them this day out as a special treat."

Youngsters from Tardebigge First School also had the chance to take a trip on the boat.

During the 30-minute trip, the year two pupils enjoyed a walk where they learned about the history of the canal and the wildlife that lives there.

Matt Anderson, manager of the Anglo Welsh Tardebigge base, added: “Canals are wonderful places for children to visit.

"Travelling at just 4 mph, it’s definitely the fastest way to slow down and take a break."

For more details, including how to hire the boat, visit

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