NEIL Dennis Bruce-Copp OBE, who died after a long battle with cancer on December 31 aged 66, was a prominent businessman, charity benefactor and former student at Wellington School.

He was the founder, chairman and chief executive of Targus Group Plc, the internationally known portable PC and computer case company, which he built into an organisation exporting to over 110 countries with a turnover well in excess of £100million per annum.

He was born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, but his formative years were spent in Ilfracombe, Devon. He was taught at Wellington School, where he demonstrated his prowess on the rugby field and developed many lifelong friendships.

After the death of his father he left Wellington with a strong work ethic, and after a spell at Westminster Catering College he abruptly changed tack to join Diversity (Chemical) Ltd in marketing and sales.

Having achieved commercial success he set about applying his time, expertise and drive to improve the life of others by founding the NBC Winner Foundation, a private charity for disadvantaged and disabled children.

Becoming a governor of his old school, Wellington, he spearheaded the appeal to raise £2million towards the cost of an Olympic standard sports facility for the use of the school and local children, including disadvantaged children in partnership with Ability and Sporting Disability South-West.

The building was subsequently opened by HRH The Princess Royal and the main sporting arena is named the Neil Bruce-Copp Hall in recognition of his outstanding efforts.

He is survived by his wife, Monique, and son and daughter from his first marriage.