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From January 2016 the Bruce Trust’s boats have been operated by the newly-formed “Bruce Branch” of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. The four boats are continuing to operate from Bedwyn with the Trust Engineer and all the administration is being undertaken by Kennet and Avon Canal Trust staff in Devizes. The Bruce Trust is continuing with its current board of Trustees and Rebecca Bruce remains as Director but its focus for the future will be more on fundraising and grant-giving for the specific benefit of its four very special boats.

For boat bookings and enquiries please contact Chris at or on 01380 721279   

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The Bruce Trust is a registered charity providing specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam canal boats, for hire for self-catering, self-steer holidays by disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people along with their family, friends or carers.

The Trust has a fleet of four boats. Hannah is 12 berth, Rebecca and Diana are 10 berth and Rachel is 6 berth. Each boat has the highest quality accommodation and the ultimate flexibility for people with a wide variety of special needs. They all have a fully equipped galley with cooker and fridge, central heating and flushing W.C. The extra width of the boats provides excellent manoeuvrability for wheelchair users and they all have special built-in facilities:-

Bruce Trust    Hydraulic lifts

boarding ramps

  Low-level bunks

  Specially fitted showers and

  Large, low-set windows

  Scissor-action hospital bed on The Rebecca
Bruce Trust 

Additional equipment can be provided on request:
  Transfer hoist   Shower chair
  Commode   Cot sides
  Perching stool  

All the boats have been designed  to give wheelchair users the opportunity to steer by using the tiller. However, both Hannah and Rachel have been fitted with a remote steering device that enables someone with less upper body mobility to steer from their wheelchair, using a joystick.

The boats operate from Great Bedwyn Wharf, near Marlborough, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, which flows through Berkshire and Wiltshire, from the River Thames at Reading to the River Avon at Bath. Two have a changeover day of Friday and two have a changeover day of Saturday. They are ideally situated to cruise towards Newbury and Reading or westward to Devizes and down the Caen Hill Flight and on to Bath.

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To find out how you can help us fundraise without it costing you a penny, visit our Fundraising page or contact Rebecca Bruce on: 07789 727493.

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