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Boaters at Mercia Ma­rina have cre­ated a group of lifesavers to be ‘first re­spon­ders’ in the event of med­i­cal emer­gen­cies, work­ing with East Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice ( EMAS). The vol­un­teers are trained to tackle emer­gency sit­u­a­tions in­clud­ing CPR and the use of on-site de­fib­ril­la­tors. In the event that an am­bu­lance is called out to the ma­rina, EMAS will text the first re­spon­ders, who are typ­i­cally able to get to the scene first.


Bed­ford’s com­mu­nity boat, the John Bun­yan, has now car­ried over 22,000 pas­sen­gers since it started oper­a­tion in July 2013. The boat, which was launched by the Bed­ford & Mil­ton Keynes Wa­ter­way Trust to raise aware­ness and funds for the pro­posed new Great Ouse-Grand Union Canal link, is run by vol­un­teers and pro­vides river cruises along the Great Ouse in Bed­ford from April to the end of Oc­to­ber.


The first ever book ex­change on Lon­don’s canals is prov­ing a huge suc­cess, as well as serv­ing as a ho­tel for Lime­house’s in­sect pop­u­la­tion. In­stalled on Lime­house Basin by the Canal & River Trust, the bib­li­o­graph­i­cal bug ho­tel in­cludes shelves for peo­ple to bor­row and read books, as well as spe­cially-de­signed crevices pro­vid­ing habi­tats for in­ner-city bees, spi­ders, lady­birds and woodlice. Dar­ren Star­ling, Canal & River Trust tow­path ranger, said: “We’re re­ally pleased with how pop­u­lar the book ex­change has been so far. It’s so nice that peo­ple are tak­ing time out to share with each other.”

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