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River Thames Boat Project Review of the Year 2017-18

River Thames Boat Project - Review of the Year 2017-18 2017- 2018 was a year of great progress but also significant challenges and changes. The construction of our new boat, Thames Discoverer, was delayed and managing her delivery took a huge amount of time and energy. She arrived in Kingston in February 2018 and huge thanks are due to Miranda and Peter for managing to make her operational for the season. The delivery of Thames Discoverer heralds the exciting next stage of development for the charity.

with Louise for five years and take this opportunity to thank her for all her work. Her dedication to the Charity has been exceptional. I must thank all of VIPs on our open day you for your support during this year of change. To the Trustees and Staff, my thanks to you. For all the Volunteers, Members and Friends, your continuing devotion to the Charity has been immense.

Although the delivery of Thames Discoverer took a lot of attention, the team worked extremely hard to manage client activities and we delivered increased numbers of cruises and educational days. In addition to this, the groundwork was done on two new initiatives for our education programme, which will be introduced next season.

Finally, in particular, I would like to thank Richard Robinson, retiring Trustee and past Chair, for his sterling service over a long period of time. He has been a great servant of the charity and become a personal friend.

There were some key personnel changes during the year with Sonja, our Marketing Executive, leaving the staff team in November, and Louise Sibley stepping down as Chair of Trustees. I have worked “in tandem” as Vice Chair

Thank you – everyone. Keith Knox, Chair of Trustees


What we achieved We aim to give people of all ages opportunities of experiencing river and waterways’ environments to benefit their personal, social and educational development. We focus on children, young people, older people and those with disabilities, offering therapeutic cruises and residentials, as well as education days for primary schools. We also provide a highly rewarding experience for local volunteers, who benefit from the active and stimulating work that we offer on the river.

In addition, we held: • 18 training days for our volunteers: 9 for crew, 6 for teachers, 3 for skippers • 3 community open days for the general public • 12 on board events for the charity’s supporters • 2 onshore events for the charity’s supporters The boat was also hired out for 9 private events, giving a total of 187 day and evening uses and an estimated 5,131 volunteer hours.

In 2017-2018, we provided: • • •

Cruises and activity days 187

90 Accessing the Thames days for 986 client users and their carers 55 education bookings with activities for 1,675 school children and young learners, accompanied by teachers and helpers. We welcomed 27 new client groups on board, including 7 new schools and 3 new youth groups. Our client groups came to us from 13 London Boroughs and 11 counties and District Councils outside Greater London

Cruises Education Training Open days Supporter events Private events


Charity beneficiaries 2,661 Cruise clients and carers School children

The Year in Pictures

School on the River fun

Peter, our skipper, on duty even in the snow

Thames Discoverer is on her way

Crew Training

Thames Discoverer arrivesÂ



Nansi running a half marathon for RTBP

Creative sewers for our Open Day

Miranda Catching all the river sights

Fantastic young litter pickers

Anne and Dickens Ladies gentsMBE on deckÂ


Financial Results For the year ended 31 March 2018, the charity generated a surplus of £72,095 after gains and losses. This includes a general operational surplus of £3,504 and a surplus of £68,591 relating to restricted income, which includes £55,075 grant income received for the construction of the second boat, Thames Discoverer, and £13,516 grant income received to be spent in the next financial year. This gave us a healthy general fund to start the following year and enabled the charity to assign £9,998 to the Designated Development Fund (DDF), money we lay aside for our future projects. What came in £232,973

At the end of the year the DDF was showing a healthy balance of £292,838. However, over the two years 20172019 this will reduce considerably as we meet the costs of improving the dock at Kingston and any changes in configuration of the Thames Venturer that may be required. We also saw a rise in the operational income, from £42,939 in 2016/17 to £46,255 for 2017/18. This is very welcome, particularly when we are operating within a difficult financial environment. Grants are down significantly but this is due to the exceptional grant from Veolia for Thames Discoverer in 2016/17. We received a new grant in 2017/18 from the Heathrow Community Fund for our educational activities.

How we used it

Fees & charges New vessel donations and grants Restricted grants Donations and legacies Fundraising Investment income Donations in kind

ATT Cruises Educational activities Volunteer training days/Fundraising and events New vessel expenditure

The coming financial year will see our two vessels operating in tandem with the possibility of further increasing the scope of our activities and thereby our operational revenue stream. In order to achieve this, further capital investment will be required to upgrade Thames Venturer and also to improve and maintain the Canbury Wharf site in line with the Council’s wishes.


Clients’ Comments in 2017/18 Teacher attending School on the River “It is always such a pleasure to see children who are less confident in the classroom environment feel quite differently about themselves. Two less confident children in the class felt much more able to speak about their ideas more freely, and seemed more on a par with their peers than before.  It was a really noticeable change.   I wanted to say thank you personally for such an excellent experience.   It was challenging, engaging, superbly paced, and very real - just what children need in the world of screens.”

Carer from care home “The river trip is very good for people with learning disabilities as it is very good sensory experience for them. The environment is set in a way everyone can enjoy. would recommend the boat trip to everyone.”

Manager of a nursing home “Our residents had the most wonderful day and were talking about the trip and how they enjoyed it. It was so good for morale. Staff were helpful and food was wonderful, scenery was brilliant, from the bottom of our hearts. THANK YOU. “

Care home for ex service personnel “Our residents absolutely love your trip it’s a wonderful and uplifting experience, there is always a queue of people wanting to go.”

Accessing the Thames Cruise “Thank you very much indeed. I have taken several groups on trips and when planning them, I always have total confidence that it will be marvellous and the people we take will enjoy it.”

Carer from a care centre “It provides such a lovely opportunity for our service users with disabilities to experience a day on the river which for many would simply be inaccessible without the Thames Venturer.”

Year 5 child from local Primary School “I’ve learned so much things I didn’t know before about Locks.”




Paul Barry, Lead Trustee for Funding David Bell, Lead Trustee for Engineering Jon Chapman, Lead Trustee for Safeguarding, HR Committee Bob Darke, Lead Trustee for IT and Office Systems Luke Gannon, Lead Trustee for Risk Keith Knox, Vice Chair until February 2018 and Chair from March 2018, Chair of Operations Committee, HR Committee Peter Low, Operations Committee Jane Newman, Lead Trustee for Education Richard Robinson, Lead trustee for Legal Affairs (retired November 2017 but co-opted until March 2018) Louise Sibley, Chair of Trustees, HR Committee until March 2018 and then retired. Byron Turner, Lead Trustee for Strategy Stephen West, Lead Trustee for Finance

Pippa Butterfield, Office Manager Kate Dodds, Marketing and Fundraising Manager (joined June 2018) Zaria Greenhill, Environmental Education Co-ordinator Miranda Jaggers, Project Manager (New Boat), Funding and Community Liaison Manager (left June 2018) Peter Oldham, Skipper/Boat Manager


Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton DBE Anne Usher (nĂŠe Dickins) MBE David Suchet CBE

Honorary President Sir Peter Harrop KCB

Linda Varney, Company Secretary Design by www.amaxdesigns.co.uk

To view our full General Report and Financial Statements, go online at www.thamesboatproject.org OR contact the office on 020 8940 3509 Registered Charity No 1080281 Company no 3953201

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River Thames Boat Project Review 2017-18  

A review of the year in words and pictures

River Thames Boat Project Review 2017-18  

A review of the year in words and pictures


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