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Boating grandad appeals for mooring to raise school funds

Door to door appeal to help school fund-raising idea

29 March, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Frank Drake on the water

A GRANDFATHER looking to raise money for a school by running boat trips along the Regent’s Canal has appealed for a space to moor his wooden vessel.

Frank Drake, 78, has flyered homes near the canal in Camden Town and King’s Cross and taken out newspaper adverts but says he still cannot find somewhere to leave his boat at night. The problem means his plan to raise money for Kentish Town Church of England Primary School is on hold.

His seven-year-old grandson, who has Down’s syndrome, is a pupil at the school.

“It really is a brilliant school,” said Mr Drake. “There is a strong moral thread for everything they do. I’m just a geriatric 78-year-old wanting something constructive to do with my time. I am not physically strong enough to raise money every day. But if I was to take five people out for £100 a time and do that Monday to Friday, that’s £500 for the school.”

He added: “I’ve met a lot of children who have disabilities or are autistic through my grandson’s school. They like environments which are quiet and calm. Their experience of the world is so difficult they shy away from it. Calm things like a boat trip gets them a new view on life and they can chill out. I’d like to do boat trips for the kids on the weekends. It would be special for them.”

Mr Drake, a retired cabinet maker, has lived in Kentish Town with his wife Sue for 50 years. His boat is currently in Windsor.

He added: “I photocopied a picture of my boat with a letter and posted it through houses I thought backed up onto the canal but I still haven’t been able to find somewhere.”

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