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Over 150 disabled people to stay on a unique canal boat
adjacent to Olympic Stadium while visiting the
Paralympic Games ~
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The Bruce Trust, which provides holidays for disabled
people on the Kennet & Avon Canal, has sent one of its
boats, The Diana, on an 82-mile canal and river journey
from its base in Wiltshire to provide accommodation at
the Paralympics for disabled visitors from throughout
the UK, including men and women of the Armed Services
going through rehabilitation at Headley Court.
The Diana, named in memory of the late Princess of
Wales, was crewed during her journey along the Kennet &
Avon Canal by members of several Rotary Clubs who also
offered day trips en route to local groups of disabled
The Diana’s mooring on the Regent’s Canal in Victoria
Park, provided free by the newly formed Canal & River
Trust (formerly British Waterways), is the nearest to
the Olympic Park which security will allow. Bruce Trust
volunteers will man The Diana during the Games and
disabled people from a wide range of charities will be
staying on her while they attend the Paralympics.
Charges are just £25 per night per person and The Diana
can accommodate up to 10 people including carers per
Stated Trust founder, David Bruce: “This is truly a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only attend the
Paralympics but also to stay on one of our special boats
in a unique location. The Diana is fully equipped and
accessible for disabled visitors and we are only a few
minutes wheelchair ride away from the Olympic Park.”
Gazette & Herald 21st August 2012
Danese has asked us to thank everyone who
contributed towards the trip for her retirement award
and let them know how much she enjoyed it ~ if you would
like to know more about her trip and see some pictures
Thursday 11th August 2011
The results of Wheelin' Round the World visit in 2011
See an article about us in the Sunday Express!
Rebecca Bruce on UK Boating,
broadcast on Information TV ~ Sky 166 & Freesat
402 every Monday & Thursday at 8pm and on Sundays at
2009 ~ NEWS ON THE LAUNCH CELEBRATION FOR 'THE RACHEL'
It is now over 20 years since this
Trust first started providing holidays for disabled
people and in that time over 10,000 disabled people and
their carers have enjoyed holidays with us.
Saturday 20th September was the official launch and
blessing of the Trust’s latest boat and the culmination
of nearly 2 years of fund-raising during this awful
recession in order to raise the £150,000 capital
required to build this state-of-the-art boat.
Many of the 200 people who supported the event have made
generous donations to the Appeal or organised a wide
range of fund-raising events from plastic duck racing to
village pantomimes; from Barber Shop singing to Flower
Pot People trails.
Well over 250 donations to the Appeal have been received
ranging in sizes from £5 to £10,000 – the Trust is very
grateful to everyone for making this new boat really
happen – it simply could not have achieved it without
The Rachel was officially launched by David Bruce’s 91
year old mother, Rachel Bruce and blessed by the Rev.
Mike Shaw who has blessed all of the Trust’s fleet.
Sulwen Vaughan, President of Abingdon Vesper Rotary
Club, who have taken 3 or 4 weeks every year for the
last 15 years, enabling thousands of disabled people to
have day trips, generously donated enough automatic
inflatable life jackets for all the boats.
Mike Tanner, Worshipful Brother of United Grand Lodge of
England, presented the Trust with a cheque for £2,000.
on behalf of the Masonic Province of Berkshire
Almost £700 was raised through a raffle and donations on
Michael Tanner, Worshipful Brother of United
Grand Lodge of England presenting on behalf of
Masonic Province of Berkshire
The large crowd gathered for the celebrations
Anna Horsey and Nina Newey model life jackets
generously donated by Abingdon Vesper Rotary
Mrs Rachel Bruce, David's 91 year old mother,
launches the boat named after her
Sulwen Vaughan, President of Abingdon Vesper
Rotary Club, presents 30 new lifejackets to