As part of our 300th Anniversary celebrations, Berkshire Freemasons are donating £25,000 to The Bruce Trust. This is the largest award from Berkshire Masons and was voted for by over 4,000 people in Berkshire. The Bruce Trust, founded by David Bruce in 1988, funds a fleet of four 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. The boats are based in Great Bedwyn Wharf on the Kennet and Avon Canal that flows through Berkshire and Wiltshire.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000. The £3million fund is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends.
Martin Peters accompanied by Sue his wife, visited the charity and presented the award to David Bruce. Martin commented on the tremendous work the Trust does to provide these boats to help disabled people and their families have quality holidays and breaks.
David Bruce, Founding Trustee of The Bruce Trust said: “We are thrilled with this generous award from Berkshire Freemasons, it will help us in the restoration and refurbishment projects we have underway to enhance our fleet of four boats.”
Martin Peters, Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire Freemasons said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping excellent local charities like The Bruce Trust. We’ve been active in charity work for all that time but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money. We are very pleased that so many people from Berkshire took part in the vote.”