Novel way to pull in charity cash

PULLING a canal boat could be a novel way of raising funds for your organisation or favourite charity.

The Friends of Dawn Rose are offering an opportunity for teams to pull a 70ft, hand-built, wooden narrowboat along the Chesterfield Canal.

Previous boat pull events have proved very popular and raised thousands of pounds for good causes. PHOTOS: CHESTERFIELD CANAL TRUST

The fourth Dawn Rose Sponsored Boat Pull will take place from Shireoaks to West Stockwith and back, starting April 25 and finishing May 12 – but don’t worry, you won’t have to pull it all the way!

The journey has been split up into 21 sections, which vary from less than one mile to four miles and no locks to nine locks. Participants can choose which section suits them on which day and at what time of day – morning, afternoon or evening.

The cost is £50 to the Friends of Dawn Rose and everything else raised goes towards the team’s chosen good cause.

Pulling a ten-tonne boat might sound impossible, but in fact it is surprisingly easy. The Friends will supply harnesses with which two people can pull Dawn Rose very comfortably and the team members can take it in turns. The Friends will steer and manage the boat.

As participants will be going at walking pace, they can bring friends and family to share in a great day out along this beautiful waterway.

Dozens of groups have taken part in the boat pull over the last three years, with hundreds of pullers. Many thousands of pounds have been raised.

To find out more, go to the Chesterfield Canal Trust website, email, ring 01246 477569 or write to Sponsored Boat Pull, Friends of Dawn Rose, Hollingwood Hub, 22 Works Road, Chesterfield S43 2PF. Leaflets are available from various outlets along the canal.

Chesterfield Canal boats were built to a unique design dating back to the 1770s and scarcely changed in 150 years. All the old ones have rotted away, so Dawn Rose is the only one in existence. It has no engine and was built over the course of four years by volunteers from the Chesterfield Canal Trust to the traditional design, using hand tools only, and was launched in 2015.