The Bruce Trust is a registered
charity providing specially-designed, purpose-built,
wide-beam canal boats, for hire for self-catering,
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:-
Specially fitted showers
Scissor-action hospital bed on
Additional equipment can be provided on request:
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 two bases along the Kennet and Avon
Canal, which flows through Berkshire and Wiltshire, from
the River Thames at Reading to the River Avon at Bath.
Three boats operate from Great Bedwyn Wharf, near Marlborough,
with a changeover day of Friday or Saturday. These are
ideally situated to cruise towards Newbury and Reading
or westward to Devizes and down the Caen Hill Flight.
One boat is based at Lower Foxhanger Wharf, near
Devizes, with a changeover day of Sunday and is well
placed for cruising westward to Bath.
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To find out more about joining our team of Voluntary
Helpers, visit our Volunteer page or contact Rebecca
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