Rotary Club of Loddon Vale
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Elderly Ladies and Gentlemen from Age Concern enjoy a River Boat Trip organised by Richard Ward
On 17th July I took a small group from Woodley Age Concern to Henley on Thames for an afternoon boat trip. We went in the Age Concern bus and had a pretty journey through Sonning to Henley which the Age Concern members enjoyed. There were 7 members and 2 staff as unfortunately 3 members were unable to attend due to illness. The boat is supplied by the Rivertime Trust and is about 3 years old and especially adapted for elderly and disabled people. It has a lift at the stern which makes access and egress easy. We left Henley and travelled upstream, through Marsh lock, to Shiplake and then back downstream, through Marsh lock again and down to the rowing course at Henley. We saw Temple Island and all the beautiful riverside property during our 2 hour trip. The staff had brought Buck's Fizz and cakes and It was unanimously agreed that we had had a most enjoyable afternoon.
All the members thanked the Rotary Club for their generous donation and one 86 year old said that he couldn't wait to tell his sons where he had been. "They won't believe me" he said.
This is the third boat trip we have provided and each time a different group of elderly or disabled have benefitted from a very worthwhile excercise.