Tribute paid to one of the founder members of Keech

Bruce Skinner was one of the founder members of Keech Hospice Care

Bruce Skinner was one of the founder members of Keech Hospice Care

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Zena Skinner has paid tribute to her brother, one of the founder members of Keech Hospice Care, who sadly passed away in hospital, aged 91, on February 28.

Bruce Skinner, of Montrose Avenue, Luton, was a member of the original team that made Keech Hospice what it is today. Along with his sister he was involved with fundraising in the late 1980s.

He lived in Luton with his wife, they had two chidlren, three grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Bruce was a well-known local businessman, working for the family business, Skinner’s Electroplaters, in Luton, and he was a long-standing Rotary Club member. He was president for the club from 1985-86.

Zena recalled how much her brother loved sports. She said: “I remember him telling his children not to call him when he was watching Match Of The Day, he was a life-long Luton Town fan and when he was younger he used to go to the games.

“He also enjoyed rugby and was captain of Luton Rugby Club, when we were younger we used to go to Twickenham to watch England play.

“He was always full of fun, he was the most caring and loving brother anyone could ever have, he would do anything for anyone, if there was something that needed doing, he would be the first to do it.

“He helped a lot with fundraising for charities, he always wanted to give back, he was made a companion of honour at Keech, we were all very proud of him.”

Bruce organised the first charity golf day for Keech in 1989, and he started the annual summer fete at Barnfield with Zena, together they spent over 25 years fundraising for the charity.