Santa Splash 2017 – By Safe Regeneration
A splashing time was had by all at the annual ‘Santa Splash’ which took place on Saturday 2nd December on the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
Organised by the Desmond Family Canoe Trail in partnership with SAFE Regeneration and supported by CIF, over 70 Santa-clad paddlers took to the water at the Eldonian Village and splashed their way down to Bootle, finishing at SAFE’s canal-side community hub, the newly opened ‘Lock & Quay’. There were many more family members that attended, following along the route and waiting at the finishing line.
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail and SAFE began running a fortnightly Saturday canoe club from Bootle over a year ago, and it has gone from strength to strength! Jane Johnson from SAFE said “It is brilliant to be able to offer this facility to local people who have never canoed before – they are loving it! We even organise canoe-based litter-picking sessions so as well as getting fitter and healthier, our community are engaging with this beautiful haven for wildlife right on their doorstep.”
🎼 Jingle boats, the santas float, down to the Lock & Quay! The Santa Splash was quite a smash, what a community!! 🎅 Thanks to all who came, to @CanalRiverTrust for a great paddle and @ciframework for the funding! pic.twitter.com/nIZLPa5z3B
— Safe Regeneration (@SafeRegen) 7 December 2017