Kingfisher is a purpose built boat providing river trips for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages. The boat is fitted with a lift to help wheelchair users and others to get on board easily and safely, and operates five days a week from May to September.
A team of licensed skippers and trained crew members, all volunteers, operate the boat from her berth at Wateringbury on the River Medway.
At a leisurely pace, Kingfisher cruises through some of the most beautiful countryside in Kent. Out on the water, passengers can enjoy the river's wildlife and the many points of interest along the way. Herons, cormorants and kingfishers are often spotted along the river.
Passengers are encouraged to try their hand at steering the boat under supervision, and on the longer morning cruise they have an opportunity to help opening and closing the locks.
The Trust is a registered charity and has been operating Kingfisher since May 2007. The overall responsibility for the running of the trips and maintenance of the boat falls on the following Board of Trustees, again all volunteers.
As part of our service to the local community, the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta has been chatering Kingfisher each year since 2010 giving morning and afternoon river cruises for the elderly as well as disabled and disadvantaged young people from Sittingbourne.
Each year we charter Kingfisher to give outings to:
Steve Wood, Jeff Hall, Beverley Willis, Chris Bunting, Michael Downes and Richard Joy are also trained Kingfisher crew members who volunteer to take the boat out two or three times a month during the season of operation.