The Ethel Trust

The Trust is a registered charity (Charity Commission number 700389) established in 1988, providing day and residential canal and river experiences for the most disadvantaged groups in South Yorkshire.

Currently with around 30 volunteers and 4 trustees, the Trust has been honoured  by Her Majesty the Queen with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, equivalent to the MBE and the highest award for voluntary work.

The Ethel Barge

Our wide beam barge is 57 feet long and is fully accessible. Lifts front and rear provide access to all areas of the boat, including for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. There are fully accessible toilets and shower room, a fully equipped kitchen, and a large centrally heated lounge area with panoramic windows. The barge operates from Victoria Quays, Sheffield, in the winter months, before moving to Thorne, north of Doncaster, for the summer season.

Please take a look at this short film produced by our award-winning friends at Junction 15: