The Baldwin Trust’s 40th anniversary celebrated

Published: Monday, 17 April 2023
THIS month sees the Baldwin Trust celebrate its 40th anniversary season with smiles and balloons to
mark the occasion.
The Baldwin Trust has been operating its fully accessible narrowboat cruises along the Grand Union Canal around Leicester since 1983, when the trust was started by Bert Halsey and his wife as a way of providing respite to the patients of the Baldwin Ward at Leicester Frith Hospital.
Two narrowboats
The Trust currently operate two narrowboats: Dandelion from Barrow Boating, and Halcyon Days from Leicester Marina. Both boats are wheelchair accessible and can accommodate up to 12 people.
Many local community groups have benefited from trips along the canals and rivers, with one user recently commenting:
“It was so tranquil travelling at a slow pace, enjoying each others' company and the river wildlife.”
Fully trained volunteers
All cruises are crewed by fully trained volunteers; stops along the route can be arranged, you are welcome to bring your own picnic and refreshments to enjoy. If you would like to share this experience with family and friends, you can see availability and book online below.
The Trust are always seeking new volunteers to train as crew and skippers, and to assist with the running of the charity; if you would like to learn a new skill, meet new people and spend time on the water, then we would love to hear from you. or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.