We are delighted to announce that Stuart Rennie has been appointed as Chairman of the Ratho Branch of Seagull Trust Cruises, with previous Chair David Mieras stepping down to Vice-Chair. David of course remains as Executive Chairman of Seagull Trust Cruises.
Stuart comes to this position with lots of canal experience. He was Chairman at Linlithgow Union Canal Society for a number of years, is also on the board at Edinburgh Union Canal Society, and is a committee member at Scottish Waterways for All. Stuart also has a considerable charity background and among other fundraising campaigns, is known for organising The Fife Ball, raising substantial funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign over a number of years.
Using a boating term, Stuart says “I am delighted to ‘take the helm’ at Ratho, and to get involved with such a well-established and renowned charity. Bringing enjoyment to so many, its reputation goes before it. A reputation that many charities aspire to, but very few achieve. We have many wonderful volunteers at Ratho as well as the other branches, and I am definitely looking forward to getting to know everyone, and working with them”
Seagull Cruises are back! But….
The Ratho based canal charity Seagull Trust Cruises has restarted its trips for people with special needs, but is struggling to provide the pre Covid level of service. After two years of no sailings on the Union canal the Trust has lost some crew volunteers.
As Chairman David Mieras explains, the boats are ready and are beginning to welcome back familiar faces.
“As the bookings increase, which we hope they will, we need more volunteers to keep sailing. Ideally we aim to operate seven days a week, two or more times a day. Some crew members moved on and there are now vacancies.”
He is confident that the trips are safe for both crew and clients “Safety measures are already in place. We know many have missed coming out with us, so we want to meet that demand. We also look forward to greeting new organisations, groups or individuals who would benefit.”
The charity relies on donations to cover costs and operates solely using trained volunteers.
“It’s an important social service but it’s also enjoyable – meeting people and learning new skills on our lovely canal.” adds David.
If you’d like to volunteer (training is provided) or can offer a donation then contact David on 0131 445 2022.
If you’d like to book a trip then contact Carole on 07511 055081