The Surrey based Momentum Children's Charity announced a £12,000 donation for their remarkable river boat scheme.

The Momentum Children's Charity help support children and their families experiencing cancer and life-challenging conditions.

They revealed that the welcome boost to their renowned boating scheme was donated by insurance group QBE's own QBE Foundation.

Momentum said the funding will enable the charity to provide around 85 trips, benefitting approximately 350 seriously ill children, their siblings and parents.

The annual scheme uses the charity's own boat 'Moments on the River, moored at Shepperton Marina, to provide special respite boating breaks on the river Thames.

The project helps families find some fun and relaxed time together, away from hospitals and treatment, whilst enjoying the peace of the water and the beauty of the riverside environment.

Parent Kate described how beneficial can be for the parents and children alike.

"We had such a lovely morning on the boat, we didn't realise how much we all needed a break until we actually did it."

She went on to praise Momentum and their volunteers for the experience.

"Thank you so much for a great experience, it really did allow us to forget, for that precious time, the rigours of the treatment schedule.

"We must compliment the Momentum Children’s Charity volunteers Simon and Judy, as they were fantastic hosts."

Grant Clemence, QBE Foundation chairman, said they were "delighted" to support such a worthy cause.

"We're delighted to be supporting Momentum by funding special boat trips for families.

"These heartening trips provide a much-needed break away from the upsetting times faced with having a seriously ill child," he said.