So that’s a wrap! What a tremendous year it has been on board SS Freshspring. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our visitors, volunteers, patrons and members for supporting us to preserve and restore our steamship.
If we look back over the last 12 months we have: welcomed over 2,000+ visitors safely on board, hosted our first open day (August bank holiday Monday) with over 300+ visitors, organised an exclusive ‘members only’ evening, worked collaboratively with The Burton to celebrate their 70th birthday with a ‘seafood and sea shanties’ event and have continued to offer children’s activities on board including our much-loved ‘teddy bear hunt’. None of this would have been possible, if it wasn’t for our dedicated team of volunteers, who have shown resilience and commitment in the last 12 months, following covid-19 restrictions and guidance throughout; enabling us to carry on with essential work in a safe environment. Our ship has also had some notable changes, including a successful dry dock visit to Harland and Wolff (Appledore) and our mast being stepped.
“We have had a fantastic year at Freshspring and I want to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers; it is true when they say that one of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. We are grateful to all the hours our volunteers have given over the last year and I am proud to be part of such a determined and hardworking team!” Rebecca Craft, Marketing and Communications Officer (SS Freshspring Trust).
We are excited for 2022 and certainly have lots of events, ideas and initiatives in the pipeline, watch this space…
Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year, stay safe. TeamFreshspring!