The Willow Trust

Each year around 7,000 disabled and seriously ill children and adults spend a day on board with The Willow Trust! To help us continue providing these days of freedom completely free of charge – would you consider making a donation? Every penny or pound you donate goes directly towards providing wonderful days for our guests. Thank you. 

Willow Trust fully wheelchair accessible canal boat

Spirit of Freedom II in 2014

April 2016 will see The Willow Trust begin its 26th season of providing relaxing and inspiring days on the waters of the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal for disabled and seriously ill children and adults with their carers.

Make sure you keep in touch to see what’s happening in the year ahead.

Willow Trust Winter Work

Although some think all is quiet during the winter for The Willow Trust – this couldn’t be further from the truth! Fortunately our skippers have many years of boat maintenance experience and they are well underway with the hard winter work ready to have the boats shipshape for all our guests in April 2016.

Willow Trust Skipper Keith bound for Splatt Bridge

Willow Trust Skipper Keith bound for Splatt Bridge

Would you like to Volunteer?

We couldn’t manage without our 90+ team of volunteers and training schedules are being put together now. You still have time if you would like to volunteer – just send an email to and we will be in touch.

Fancy Fundraising for The Willow Trust?

Fundraising work is continuing apace throughout the winter to ensure our trips remain – as they have since 1990 – free of charge. If you would like to hold a fundraising event for The Willow Trust – maybe a coffee morning or an ever popular bake off – please let us know if we can support you in any way.

Become a Corporate Friend

Valentine’s Raffle with wonderful Willow Trust supporters
the team from The Cirencester Coventry Building Society

Over the winter you will still be able to see our two fully wheelchair accessible boats which are moored in the beautiful surroundings of Saul Junction near Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire.

Established in 1989 the Willow Trust charity operates both its fully equipped purpose-built boats from April to October in pursuit of providing pleasure and happiness in otherwise difficult lives. We are and remain self funding to ensure that the original precepts of the trust are adhered to and improved upon every year.

Become a Friend of The Willow Trust for 2016

As well as our wonderful volunteers we rely on our Friends of the Willow Trust to make such happy days possible. Why not take a few moments to download this form and Become a Friend of The Willow Trust 2016 before the start of our next season in April 2016 – at only £15 a year – it costs less than 30p a week to give someone special a therapeutic trip on the water.

Willow Trust Friend taking over from our Skipper John!

Willow Trust Friend taking over from our Skipper John!

When you complete this Become a Friend of The Willow Trust 2016 form and post it to us here at the Cirencester office, you will receive our annual newsletter, receive up-to-date news on all our upcoming events and enjoy our free Friends Coffee and Cruise at the end of the season. We have posh biscuits too!

And we rely on YOU…

If you would like to get involved; you could volunteer, or become a Friend of The Willow Trust, you might organise an event, or click Easy Fundraising and spend – dress up, or dress down, have a ball and put on a gown. Whatever your choice, call us at The Willow Trust office in Cirencester on 01285 651661 or email Linda Diggory at – we would love to hear your ideas.

To make an enquiry about booking the boats, please print, complete and return our
Booking Request Form 2016 enclosing a Stamped Addressed Envelope* to our office address below.

* To help us continue to provide our days on the water completely FREE of charge – please REMEMBER to include a Stamped Addressed Envelope with your booking enquiry. Thank you.

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