HFR Solutions, which is a Community Interest Company, has taken delivery of the 12ft x 60ft cruiser called Forget-Me-Not, which was built specialist canal boat builders Collingwood and Liverpool Boats, based in Manchester.
Forget-Me-Not, which will be moored at Thorne’s Blue Water Marina, will comfortably accommodate up to 12 passengers (excluding crew members) to travel in style and provides amenities such as:
Kitchen facilities to cook hot food
Lift and wheelchair access
Large TV screen
The boat will be free to use for charitable and non-profit-making community groups and will provide passengers with the experience of sailing the inland waterways within the Humber and Yorkshire regions and a trip away from everyday life.
John Armson, emergency services manager at HFR Solutions, said: “HFR Solutions is always looking at ways to engage with our local communities and provide a community return in many different ways. Having recognised we wanted to invest in a community boat and a subsequent visit to the East Manchester Community Boat Project and experiencing a trip out on their boat, the Community Spirit, we realised the impact such a similar project could make in our region.
“We feel this project will help to engage communities and facilitate social interaction between generations. We are delighted that this project has finally come to fruition.”
The Forget-Me-Not project aims to provide a visible, enjoyable and rewarding experience, and opportunities to chat with others in a safe and relaxed environment. All trips will be facilitated by fully trained crew members and will provide a slower and sedate method of transport.