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The Bruce Trust

The Bruce Trust


  • Rebecca Bruce
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The Bruce Trust
RG17 9YY

About Us

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.

We Need You!

To find out more about joining our team of voluntary helpers, visit our Volunteer page.

To find out how you can help us fundraise without it costing you a penny, visit our Fundraising page.

Boat Hire

Our season runs from the beginning of March to the end of October each year. The boats are normally hired on a weekly basis as below:-

Friday morning Great Bedwyn 11:00am arrival 9:00am departure the following Friday
Saturday morning Lower Foxhangers 11:00am arrival 9:00am departure the following Saturday
Sunday morning Lower Foxhanger 12noon arrival 9:30am departure the following Sunday

Hire Details

Day trips, crewed by our experienced Voluntary Helpers, may be arranged for groups when we have a boat available. Please contact us to discuss this option further.

The Trust is a non-profit making organisation, however, a hire charge has to be made to help cover the mooring, licensing, insurance, heating, fuel and other operating costs

Providing Canal BOAT Holidays for disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people

The Trust has a fleet of four boats. Rebecca and Hannah are 10 berth, Diana is 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:-

  • Hydraulic lifts
  • Wide-access
  • boarding ramps
  • Low-level bunks
  • Specially fitted showers and W.C.'s
  • Large, low-set windows

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 Bruce Trust 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 people. More..

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