Local man receives OBE for self-founded charity providing canal boat holidays

By Jessica Durston - 14 June 2022

  • David and Louise Bruce

    David and Louise Bruce

David Bruce received an OBE from the Duke of Cambridge for services to his own charity The Bruce Charitable Trust, and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.

On Tuesday 7 June, David Bruce and his wife Louise, were invited to Buckingham Palace for David's OBE awarding ceremony.

David was given the OBE for his services to charity.

David and Louise Bruce founded The Bruce Charitable Trust in 1988, following the sale of Bruce’s Brewery and the Firkin Pubs.

More information about the charity can be found on its website at www.brucetrust.org.uk

Since then, over 25,000 disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people have enjoyed holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal on four specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam boats.

In 2016, The Bruce Charitable Trust gifted its four boats to The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, and they are now operated by its Bruce Branch volunteers at Great Bedwyn.

The other charity for which David was recognised, is The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, of which he was President from 2011 - 2019.

In 2014, the charity's volunteers were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Princess Royal. David was amongst those volunteers receiving this honour.

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