Bruce Pearce was part of the team that set up Surrey Community Development Trust in 1972 and he was seconded by Surrey Probation to be the first Director for nearly five years to 1976.
He was a young, energetic probation officer who wanted to set up a new model of accommodation and support for offenders in six towns across Surrey. In the first year Bruce gave 300 talks and spent hundreds of hours with teams of volunteers decorating and setting up projects, on very limited resources. He achieved so much in a very short time.
For six months Bruce and his family lived at the Cedar House project in Milford to get it started, with his wife Delia cooking for up to 25 people. Bruce said of this period in 2009: “I think my three daughters enjoyed the experience of staying at Cedar House but were later glad to return to their old school.” Bruce was a very interesting and energetic man. He spoke at SCDT’s AGM in 1999 and has been a regular guest at our events and openings of new schemes.
Bruce’s death was not expected and in the sorrow and grief our condolences go out to his wife Delia, their daughters Mandy, Corrine and Fay and all their family and friends. Bruce’s dedication and innovation to create a string of charities such as SCDT has left a powerful and enduring legacy for Surrey, with some 15,000 people benefiting from our accommodation and support to turn their lives around.