Posted 12th May 2017
In the latest of our Humans of the Waterway features, courtesy of the Canal & River Trust, we meet Susan and Sarah
"A lot of people get a lot of pleasure out of our canal. We've had lots of visitors to our stall today. Canal festivals in Droitwich work really well because the people of Droitwich usually like to get involved, and support the canal events.
Although I'm not a volunteer, I'll call myself an accessory volunteer today! We're manning this stall to help spread the word about our local canal and the Droitwich Waterways Trust, which manages the Pamela May charity trip boat that our husbands crew. Our husbands are both skippers on the boat, so we get roped into all sorts of events! We're all local people from Droitwich and meeting up here today is a good excuse to enjoy a day by the canal chatting to everybody.
Our husbands love being part of the team for the Pamela May. All the volunteer skippers do a three year course and are awarded their Certificate of Boat Management (COBM) by the Inland Waterways Association, and the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) boat handling certificate which makes sure that the crew are capable of keeping passengers safe and comfortable.
We think it's important that everyone can enjoy the canals equally, so our trip boat, the Pamela May, is specially designed to be accessible for disabled people and small groups of disadvantaged adults and children. She's fitted with a lift and toilet facilities with wheelchair access. A lot of the Droitwich Canal towpath has good access for disabled people too.
The reed beds and wildlife we see along this canal are amazing. The Canal & River Trust ecologist says he's heard five cuckoos here and we've seen kingfishers, reed warblers and all sorts of birds. Local people love the richness of nature on our canal."
Text and image courtesy of Canal & River Trust