Ryde Inshore Rescue operations manager John Fisher with one of the damaged lifeboats. Picture by Robin Crossley.
EVENTS are taking place across the Isle of Wight, in aid of Ryde Inshore Rescue.
Fundraisers have stepped up with a host of events to help the independent charity fund the repair of its two vandalised RIBS.
Among the latest to step forward was Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner, who is to auction off a special bottle of House of Commons Whisky and the chance to sit on the table of new education secretary of state Nicky Morgan at the relaunch of his supper club on Monday.
There are still a few places available for the event, at which Ms Morgan will be guest speaker.
He said: "My business club is not designed for fundraising and the ticket price only covers the costs of the evening. However many people have been shocked to hear about the vandalism to Ryde Inshore Lifeboats this week so we will be doing a little fundraising to help towards the repairs."
The three-course supper will cost £21.00. More details including a menu and booking form is available from Mr Turner’s office on (01983) 530808 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Wightlink has backed fundraising and Ryde Inshore Rescue will be collecting at the Party on the Pier event on Sunday. Traders will be asked to make donations, which will be added to the ferry company's own donation.
"We continue to talk to Ryde Inshore Rescue and if they come up with any more suggestions as to how they can use the Party on the Pier to raise funds then we will gladly take them on board if at all possible," said Chris Cowley, of Wightlink.
Ryde Inshore Rescue secretary Karen Fisher said: "We have been overwhelmed by the amount of generosity and the community spirit the general public have and are showing us. We would like to thank the member of the public who gave us a cheque for £1000.
"All donations at this time are gratefully received. Thank you to the numerous people who have put donations through our letterbox, or via collections tins and the JustGiving Page, it all adds up and is much appreciated by all members of Ryde Inshore Rescue, who's only desire, is to save the lives of others.
"There are of course numerous people out there who are fundraising on our behalf, and we would like to thank all of them for the kindness which they are showing us, it deeply touches us all at Ryde Inshore Rescue to realise how much support we have."
Please see our guide to events and fundraising below:
☞ Sunday, July 27
Wightlink Party on the Pier, Ryde Pier. Including classic cars, musical performances and children’s entertainers. There will also be street performers in period costume and you can even rub shoulders with royalty, as Queen Victoria herself is rumoured to be putting in an appearance.
☞ Monday, July 28 (and following Mondays)
Derek Sandy performing at the Appley Café, with money going towards to the lifeboat.
Andrew Turner MP Supper Club, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Cowes.
☞ Tuesday, July 29
Charity Quiz Night at Kasbah at 7.30pm.
Entry is £5 a team, with a maximum 5 players per team. All money raised from teams will be matched by the Kasbah.
☞ Saturday, August 2
The Lud's Lifeboat Fund, at the King Lud, Ryde, organised by Carly Fitt. A day of music and other entertainment where revellers will be asked to make donations.
Line-up includes a children's talent competition at noon, the Blue Nuns, family-friendly burlesque dancing and singing from The Blue Moon Revue, the talented dancers from PJ's theatre school and Short n Sweet harmony duo, Stuart Willmott's free-style jam, Screaming Steel and the Moonshiners.
Ryde Inshore Rescue secretary Karen Fisher is hosting a gazebo at the venue with a tombola and fundraising stall and crew member Bradley Francis will be collecting money in fancy dress
☞ Gareth Johnson is abseiling down Spinnaker Tower.
☞ Bradley Francis is abseiling down Spinnaker Tower.
☞ Jarvis Family Butchers has placed a charity collection box on the counter.
☞ Kay Ounsworth is going to fundraise for Ryde Inshore Rescue by wearing her swimwear for 3 days whilst going about her daily business.
☞ Charlene Milnes and her 9-year-old daughter Saffron will be making loom bands, which will be on sale at Market Bakery in Scarrots Lane, Newport.