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Mr Bruce Davis MBE establishes a new fund

2 December 2016

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We are very grateful to Mr Bruce Davis MBE for his generous donation to create a new endowment fund with the CCF. The new fund will support elderly people and individuals in crisis. Mr Davis has supported the CCF since it was established in 2003 and was instrumental in setting up our Benefitting Older People Fund.

Mr Davis was born in 1925, the 5th generation of a family of scientific instrument makers founded in 1779. The company later became known as John Davis & Son Derby Ltd., world famous for mining equipment for use in gaseous atmospheres.

Having moved to Cornwall in 1963, Mr Davis founded the W.B.Davis Charitable Trust in 1967, with the main aim of aiding Renal Dialysis patients and Palliative Care for Cancer Sufferers. In 1979 he founded, with the then Cancer Relief, the Rev Peter Durnford and Dr Guy Sharp, the first two Macmillan Nurses in Cornwall, building up a strong team over the years. In 1986, with the Daughters of the Cross of Liege, the Trust founded the original St Julia's Hospice in Hayle, named after his mother, consisting of 2 bed wards at St Michaels Hospital, later to be joined by the Mt Edgcumbe Hospice, built some years before.

The W.B.Davis Charitable Trust played a significant part in the creation of the Renal Unit at Treliske, spearheaded by Aubrey Williams, Dr John Barnes and Robert Lyle. A small unit for holiday makers was set up in St Ives by the Trust and Mrs Dot Juggins. Whilst running at full capacity of 4 machines, Dot died suddenly, at the age of 49 of cancer and the unit had to close. Two cottages in St Ives were made available to terminal Macmillan cancer patients in the summer and nurses in the winter for many years free of charge.

It is impossible, over 50 years, to mention all the larger Trusts which carried out joint projects, but in Cornwall the Duchy Trust was most helpful. Overseas, the Trust carried out similar work, firstly in Hong Kong and later in India.

Mr Davis was awarded the MBE in 1992 for services to charity.