The Bruce Trust

PROVIDING CANAL BOAT HOLIDAYS FOR DISABLED, DISADVANTAGED OR ELDERLY PEOPLE



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FUNdraising
 

To view our Audited Annual Accounts, please click here.

 

Click here to see our Forthcoming Events!

 

Please see below for ideas on how to help us with further fundraising or to make a donation visit our Virgin Giving page


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PLEASE HELP THE BRUCE TRUST BY VOTING FOR US - WE DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY, WE ONLY WANT YOUR CLICK!

The Bruce Trust is hoping that it will receive sufficient votes from people just like you for it to be awarded a £25,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The MCF Community Awards – Tercentenary Fund is donating £3m. to be shared by 300 charities, of which The Bruce Trust is delighted to be one, in order to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

During the past 28 years the Trust has enabled 20,000 disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people, together with their carers, to enjoy holidays on our four specially-designed, purpose-built boats on the Kennet & Avon Canal. The £25,000 grant we hope to be awarded will be spent specifically to further improve and maintain our boats so that they can continue to provide their invaluable service to people with a wide variety of special needs for many years to come. Last year, The Bruce Trust (www.brucetrust.org.uk) was awarded The Greenham Common Trust Charity & Community Award at the West Berkshire Business Awards, thereby being recognised as the top charity in Berkshire in 2016.

Please, in order to help us win, all you have to do NOW is just spare a moment of your time and just click on the link: www.mcf.org.uk/region/berkshire.

Needless to say, if you would also be kind enough to forward this link to ALL your friends, relatives, work contacts and facebook etc., that would be absolutely fantastic – the more votes we receive the more chance we have of winning the much-needed £25,000. Please note that you may only vote once and voting closes on 31st July.

With many thanks and I do hope, please, that you will spare a moment to click for us!

David Bruce

Founding Trustee



Letter from the Founding Trustees:

SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF THE HANNAH APPEAL

Louise and I can hardly believe that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of the start of construction of this Trust’s second boat, The Hannah!

We had no idea when we covenanted personally £80,000 in 1988 to create this Trust that our initiative would lead to such a successful charitable venture which has already provided holidays for over 19,000 people with a wide variety of special needs, together with their carers. Statistics on last year’s hirers and news on the Trust feature in the Newsletter. Click here

Since then, and solely due to the generosity of literally thousands of people and grant-giving trusts, over £600,000 has been fundraised and invested in our fleet of four specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam canal boats, each of which offers the ultimate flexibility in catering for the needs of the most severely disabled people.

The hull and superstructure of The Hannah, which sleeps up to12 people and is our most popular boat for large groups, will be sound for at least another quarter of a century. It is a testament to the original quality of the internal fit-out that no significant refurbishment has been necessary to date. However, we would now like to bring her up to the high contemporary standard of the rest of the fleet.

The capital cost of this refit, including a new heating and electrical system, modernisation of the shower room etc. is £25,000 all of which we hope to raise through this Silver Anniversary Appeal and complete the work in time for the 2017 season. Although we appreciate that this is a large investment we estimate that a brand new 12-berth boat with our special facilities would cost over £250,000.

I do hope that you will feel able to support this Appeal and, please rest assured, every donation will be put to immediate and excellent use.

With best wishes.

 

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DAVID BRUCE
FOUNDING TRUSTEE


Thanks to the following who have already been kind enough to contribute this year:

 

Ritchie Charity
Mr and Mrs Adams
Joey Clover
Miss Janet Milner-Jose
Anton (Andover) Rotary Club
Jim Hanks
Susie Eliot-Cohen
David Maxwell Scott
Ammco Trust
Mike and Kathryn Hutchinson
Mrs Monica Moore
Mike & Gill Peters
Wendy & John Tutton
Phil Eagle
Sue Tuckey
Nigel Pullman
Mr Antony Fletcher
Mr A.B. Watt
Mrs Felicity Bellamy
Dr Julia Ellis
Mrs Gillian Stone
St Mary's Drama Group
Mr and Mrs Paul Harvey
Mrs Inge Hunter
Male Family Charitable Trust
Mrs Adrian Scrope
G J Ward Charitable Trust
Mark Tyler
Mrs Ruth Kaye
Sir Colin Imray
Mr Ken Pyne
Mr and Mrs R Newton
Mr David Stevenson
Miss Susan Sutcliffe
Mr and Mrs Neil Pankhurst
Mr and Mrs I. Harper
Mr Simon Chilton
Truemark Trust
Barbara Blackburn
The Pelham Trust
The Farrell Trust
The Fulmer Trust
Ian Heath
Steve Manson
Judy Cornford
William Melvin
Alan Spreadbury
David Rugg
St Cassion’s Centre
Verdon Smith Family Charitable Trust
ACW Edwards Trust
Tom Welch
Water Guinness Charitable Trust
Colin Summers
Maureen Osborne
Rotary Club of Chichester
Anton Rotary Club
Berkshire Masonic
Englefield Charitable Trust
Greenham Common Trust
Santander

 


We undertake a great deal of fundraising activities and we are extremely grateful to everyone who supports these events in any way and for the donations that we receive!

 

The Bruce Trust is a non-profit organisation. We do make hire charges to help cover the basic everyday costs such as fuel, insurance, licensing and mooring fees, but there are inevitably hidden costs that crop up each year such as new parts, painting the boats, surveys etc. which are not covered by these charges.

In light of this and the fact that we are often working on specific projects to expand and further improve The Bruce Trust, we have a number of local groups who assist us with regular fundraising events as well as individuals who come up with their own unique way of raising money for us.

Please read on to find out more about how you can help us fundraise through the following routes:-

Join our 50/50 Lottery Club (please see below for more details)

Use Easysearch to explore the internet and raise money at the same time

Use Shop2fundraise for your online shopping and raise money at the same time

Join us at our fundraising events

Donate through our Virgin Giving page or send a cheque payable to “The Bruce Trust”

For any further information about fundraising for The Bruce Trust please contact Rebecca Bruce at enquiries@brucetrust.org.uk or on 01264 356451.



Forthcoming Fundraising Events

 

Watch This Space!


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50/50 Lottery Club

 

We have a 50/50 Lottery Club which has a monthly draw, the size of the prizes being dependent on the number of entrants, but which are currently:-

 

1st Prize  £75

2nd Prize £35

3rd Prize £20

4th Prize £15

 

You can buy as many tickets as you like at £1 per ticket. Half of the money raised goes towards keeping our costs down, whilst the other half is given away in prizes.

December 2016

1st

123

£75

Mr. Budd

London

2nd

156

£30

Mrs. Tuckey

Wiltshire

3rd

208

£15

Mrs. Hull

Hampshire

4th

110

£10

Mr. Castle

Wiltshire

 

January 2017

1st

376

£75

Mr. Summers

Essex

2nd

236

£35

Mr. Rossiter

Berkshire

3rd

300

£20

Mr. Smith

Berkshire

4th

14

£15

Mr. Trigwell

Berkshire

 

February 2017

1st

196

£75

Mrs. Giles

Wiltshire

2nd

93

£35

Mrs. Clarke

Berkshire

3rd

282

£20

Mrs. Hunt

Wiltshire

4th

332

£15

Mr. Perryman

Wiltshire

 

March 2017

1st

348

£75

Mrs. Bennett

Berkshire

2nd

332

£35

Mr. Perryman

Wiltshire

3rd

166

£20

Miss Sutcliffe

Wiltshire

4th

197

£15

Mrs. Davies

Wiltshire

 

April

1st

127

£75

Mr. Budd

London

2nd

323

£35

Mr. Adams

Merseyside

3rd

357

£20

Mr. Walmsley

Middlesex

4th

70

£15

Ms. Baker

Berkshire

 

May

1st

85

£75

Rebecca George

Wiltshire

2nd

392

£35

K. Binney

Warminster

3rd

28

£20

Mr. Young

Wiltshire

4th

340

£15

Ms. Zeke

Wiltshire

 

June

1st

75

£75

Mrs. Crosby

Wiltshire

2nd

218

£35

Ms. Moss

Oxon

3rd

19

£1520

Mr. Hickling

Lincoln

4th

5

£105

Miss Rudd

Wiltshire

 

 

 

 

 



 

Fundraise Without Spending Any Money Yourself!

 

We have teamed up with Easysearch, so that every time you use this website to search the internet instead of using Google or Yahoo, they will make a donation towards our charity.

 

All you have to do is visit www.easysearch.org.uk.

 

When you first go to this site, towards the bottom of the page is a section that will ask you to select the organisation that you would like to raise funds for. Please type in The Bruce Trust then search and select it in the list that comes up. This will then take you to a search page, stating you are supporting this charity. There is an option on here to make this site your home page, which would be great then you will be encouraged to use it each time you bring up the internet.

 

Shopping and Fundraising at the Same Time, Without it Costing You an Extra Penny!

 

We have teamed up with shop2fundraise, which enables us to receive a donation every time you shop online with one of their participating stores which include M&S, Amazon, HMV etc. and it won’t cost you a penny more than the normal price of your purchase. Whenever you are shopping online, simply go to the following link first:-

 

http://www.shop2fundraise.co.uk/?orgID=526763

 

and if you would like a reminder to pop up on any site that is connected to this fundraising scheme, you can download the reminder at the link below

 

http://www.shop2fundraise.co.uk/schools/The+Bruce+Trust-526

 

 

 


We Need You!

To find out more about joining our team of Voluntary Helpers, visit our Volunteer page or contact Chris on: 01380 721279



To find out how you can help us fundraise without it costing you a penny, visit our Fundraising page or contact Rebecca Bruce on: 01264 356451