The Kensington Foundation

About The Margaret Kane

Margaret Kane is a wide beam canal boat which was purpose built in 2007 after the Kensington Foundation was left a most generous bequest in the will of Margaret Kane. As a tribute to her generosity, our boat proudly carries her name. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our volunteer crew members who enable us to offer the boat for the use to families with additional needs at the minimum cost - we simply cover expenses.

The boat is equipped with a wheelchair lift, wide corridor and doors to accommodate wheelchair access. Our gallery is fully equipped with oven, grill, hob, microwave, fridge, sink and cupboards. It is fully stocked with crockery and cutlery. A collapsible breakfast bar provides additional worktop and dining space. There is also spacious centrally heated living accommodation gallery, dining area and lounge with television, dvd, radio, reading material, games and toys.

The boat is available for short residential breaks and can sleep up to 8 people. There are two en-suite bedrooms. Bedroom one comprises of a single "profile bed" which converts to a double, an en-suite shower, toilet and sink. Bedroom two comprises of four single bunk beds with cupboard space, shelves and en-suite facilities. The comfortable lounge has bench seating and double sofa bed to provide additional sleeping.

The break would include a cruise on the Lancaster canal (the boat moored about 30 minutes drive from Blackpool) with a qualified skipper and crew to help and assist your break. Buoyancy aids are available for all ages. Although we skipper and crew the boat whilst in motion, we encourage families to join in the fun of using the tiller to steer the boat during the cruise. We secure the boat in the evening and leave the families to a relaxing night aboard during our short break holidays.

If you would like to join us for either a days cruise, or a canal boat short break holiday, please contact: Mr Tim Murphy Tel: 01253 761334 or join us on facebook "The Margaret Kane"