Gloucestershire Mason’s PGM, Tim Henderson-Ross presenting the Masonic Charitable Foundation Award Plaque to Willow Trust Administrators; Liz Rowland MBE and Linda Diggory.
“It’s the Best Day of The Year…So Our Guests Repeatedly Tell Us!”
Liz Rowland MBE was relaying the joy which is communicated to Willow Trust team by many of the children and adults with disabilities who take advantage of a day of freedom on the water.
Liz was showing the Provincial Grand Master, Tim Henderson-Ross, and his Assistant, Mike Bennett, the facilities on board the ‘Leonard Matchan’ when they arrived at Saul Junction to present the Willow Trust with a beautiful glass trophy, marking the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s £25,000 donation from the tercentenary fund.
Administrator, Linda Diggory, and skippers John Wickens and Keith Busby, were on hand and elaborated on the rewards which stem from bringing pleasure to some 7000 disabled children and adults who spend a day with them on the canal each year. “We are out every weekday from April to October,” said John, “and attract visitors from as far afield as Birmingham and Wales.”
The Willow Trust’s two purpose-built boats, the ‘Leonard Matchan’ and the ‘Spirit of Freedom II’, are designed to provide access for all, no matter how profound the disability. They are spacious, catering for up to 30 guests including carers.