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News article created on 29 August 2012

Narrowboat Diana to provide disabled accommodation during Games

Diana, a narrowboat owned by the Bruce Trust, has arrived at its mooring on the Regent's Canal where it will provide accommodation for disabled visitors during the Paralympic games.

The Bruce Trust provides holidays for disabled people on the Kennet & Avon Canal. It 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. People staying on the boat will include 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.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The Diana’s mooring on the Regent’s Canal in Victoria Park has been provided by the Canal & River Trust. Bruce Trust volunteers will man The Diana during the Games and disabled people from a wide range of charities will be staying on her while they attend the Paralympics. Charges are just £25 per night per person and The Diana can accommodate up to 10 people including carers per night.

Trust founder, David Bruce says: “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only attend the Paralympics but also to stay on one of our special boats in a unique location. The Diana is fully equipped and accessible for disabled visitors and we are only a few minutes wheelchair ride away from the Olympic Park.”