The highlight of last year was the DYCA Santa Cruises.
We provided 12 families with a canal experience culminating in a trip to Santa's Grotto to receive their present. They were escorted by young ambassadors (from the very first day of the Horse Boat Project). Performing Arts students dressed in a 1940’s theme to show what it would have been like in the war at Christmas. I am delighted to say that these students are now wanting to do more on the waterways.
Volunteers staffed the boats, moorers set up the grotto, cakes were baked and refreshments provided for the guests. Most rewarding was the comments, not just from the children but from the adults too:
A support worker, through her emotional tears said, “He does not engage, but here he is loving the canal and smiling for a camera!”
A moorer said, “I have been on the canal for 9 years and this is the most wonderful community – I want to be involved.”
Museum Staff, “This is brilliant – to transform a shed into a grotto!”
Volunteers, “We should be doing this all year round!”
School staff, “This is the best grotto I have ever seen!”
Family support worker, "What a brilliant site – we could do so much here.”