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The proceeds of an egg sale by two young fundraisers will enable a group of our veterans to enjoy a relaxing day trip on the stunning Kennet & Avon Canal on Sunday. 

Great Bedwyn-based the Bruce Boats – which provides day trips for charities and similar organisations – has benefited from a £400 donation from Daisy, 11, and her nine-year-old brother, Jago, who live locally, through the sale of eggs from their four chickens.

And the Bruce Boats is supporting Help for Heroes by launching a pilot scheme to provide crewed day trips for veterans on the canal – which links London to the Bristol Channel –as part of their recovery. The company’s four bespoke, purpose-built, wide-beam canal boats come with full wheelchair access and are ideal for the purpose.

Daisy and Jago with Patrick Pease and feathered friends
Daisy and Jago with Patrick Pease and feathered friends - Bruce Boats

Patrick Pease, PR manager for the Bruce Boats, explained: “We are delighted and honoured to be able to support Help for Heroes in this way, initially providing day trips for its veterans, and, hopefully, longer holidays in the future.

“Daisy and Jago’s chickens live outside in immaculate conditions with a huge amount of TLC and cuddles, and we consider it heart-warming that the younger generation choose to contribute in this way to help those who have given so much for our country.

“Thanks to Daisy, Jago and their four prolific egg-layers, the first Help for Heroes trip will take place on Sunday, 10 October, funded by part of their kind donation.”

Tristan Cooper, our Sport, Activity & Fellowship Regional Lead, added: “The support from the accessible Bruce Boats will enable us to add a further relaxing recovery option to the list of activities we can offer our veterans. Our thanks go out to them and to Daisy, Jago and the chickens.”

The Bruce Boats has been operating for more than 30 years and has provided special holidays for in excess of 25,000 people. Its boats are supported by a team of highly trained volunteers in a wide variety of roles.

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