THE Nessie Club in Runcorn has received a charity cash boost from a former mayor, following fears that running costs could put its work in jeopardy.
The club, which is run by the Runcorn Canal Boat Adventure Project, operates activities for disadvantaged children in Runcorn and Widnes, including boat trips along the canal.
An increase in canal license fees looked likely to curtail the trips until the group received a £8,500 charity fund from former Halton mayor Peter Lloyd-Jones.
Adventure Project chairman Norma Hornby said: 'It's marvellous this cheque has come through. With this canal licence going up and us having four boats, you can imagine the impact this will have on our costs.
'This money will help us with our overheads and also enable us to expand the work we do with young people.'
Mr Lloyd-Jones was mayor of Halton until May this year.
He said he chose the Canal Boat Adventure Project as the beneficiary because of the work it does with children, adding: 'They do valuable work with children who may be being bullied or having family-life difficulties.
'The activities are very stimulating and can help the children deal with their problems.'
Nessie Club organisers recently took part in an audition for a TV giveaway show, in the hope of gaining more than £200,000 funding.
The charity hopes its work with children will persuade judges on Million Pound Giveaway to part with the cash.
For more information on contributing to the Runcorn Canal Boat Adventure Project, contact 01928 7188100.