Bright ideas help Isle of Wight independent lifeboats

By Martin Neville

Monday, February 24, 2014

 

Bright ideas help Isle of Wight independent lifeboats

Ryde Inshore Recsue crew members raising money at Hovertravel as part of Go Orange Day on the Isle of Wight.

COMMUNITIES and businesses backed the Isle of Wight’s independent lifeboats this weekend for Go Orange Day.

People donned orange outfits and took part in a variety of activities which helped to raise money and awareness towards the Island’s three independent lifeboat stations — Sandown and Shanklin, Ryde and Freshwater.

The lifeboats are not part of the RNLI and rely on funding from the community to survive.

Events included a Dance Yourself Dizzy disco for over 30s at Holliers Hotel, Shanklin, and more than £2,120 from collections in Regent Street.

In Ryde, many shops and businesses decorated their windows with orange balloons while Hovertravel staff handed out oranges to customers in return for donations.

Nearly 30 local businesses took part in Freshwater and coxswain Andy Cotton said: "It never ceases to amaze me how much support we get locally.

"Once more the community backed us up and it makes a real difference to us each year. And it's not just on 'Go Orange Day',

businesses and individuals are always helping us keep the station going. We can't thank them enough."

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, February 28.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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