All aboard for canal mini-cruise

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Kelvin and Pam Nash, Robert Webb, Sarah and Wilf Koch, Joan and Ron Jefferies, Helena Powell, Tony Becker, Ray and Margaret Sanderson Kelvin and Pam Nash, Robert Webb, Sarah and Wilf Koch, Joan and Ron Jefferies, Helena Powell, Tony Becker, Ray and Margaret Sanderson

Devizes mayor Kelvin Nash was responsible for arranging a trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal last week for a Calne man who had recently suffered a stroke.

Coun Nash had been chatting with Mayor of Malmesbury, Ray Sanderson, when he heard about Wilf Koch.

Coun Nash said: “Wilf had recently suffered a stroke and had gone from 100 per cent fit to wheelchair-bound in a day.

“Ray told me that Wilf, a former merchant seaman, had always wanted to take a trip on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

“A few days later, Pam and I happened to be at the Devizes Wharf for the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust’s 50th birthday and we had a chat with trust president David Bruce.

“David immediately offered assistance and put me in touch with his administrator, and daughter, Rebecca. I organised the trip for Wilf and his wife and carer Sarah, Ray and his mayoress Margaret plus Pam and I.

“We all had a brilliant time cruising the K&A from the trust base at Great Bedwyn Wharf.”

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