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The Rivertime Boat Trust which runs a specially built boat for the disabled and disadvantaged has been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2012.

The major award recognises volunteering work that is a "social, economic or environmental service to the local community."

The trust was founded by Simon and Pat Davis former owners of a Thames boat charter company seven years ago.

The award citation said: "The Rivertime Boat Trust provides a unique experience for disabled, disadvantaged and needy groups of all kinds from the Thames Valley and further afield along the river.

It was founded in 2006 because previously there had been no boat operating for disabled and disadvantaged people on the River Thames between Windsor and Oxford.

Simon Davis said: "We are absolutely delighted and very pleased for the 45 volunteers we have. We had no idea when we started the trust how it would develop and it is wonderful to get this award."

The couple, who previously chartered boats to riverside hotels and organised events, raised £165,000 to build the boat. They are now supported by rotary clubs along the river.

And they are keen to contact groups and organisations who would like to take trips on the Thames. Contact via the link below.

Link to Rivertime Boat Trust website

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