Grant means charity's boats can be refurbished

Published: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A GENEROUS grant from the Berkshire Freemasons means that the much needed refurbishment of a charity's boats can now be undertaken.

This coming Saturday, 21st October at 11am, David Bruce, Founding Trustee of The Bruce Trust, will be welcoming Martin Peters, Leader of the Berkshire Freemasons, together with his fellow Freemasons, on to Diana, one of this Trust’s four boats at Great Bedwyn Wharf.

Bruce TrustLargest award

As part of the Freemasons 300th Anniversary celebrations, they are donating £25,000 to The Bruce Trust, the largest award from Berkshire Freemasons that was voted for by over 3,500 people in the county.

This means that the Bruce Trust, that owns and operates a fleet of four purpose-built, wide-beam boats, for hire for self-catering, self-steer holidays by disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people along with their family, friends or carers on the Kennet & Avon Canal, will now be able to completely refurbish the fleet with the help of the generous award.

Major part of celebrations

The Community Awards are a major part of the Freemasons 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3 millions to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000. The fund is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends.