Ryde Inshore Rescue. Picture by Nathan Lewis.
THE vandalism at Ryde Inshore Rescue has sparked outcry, but also prompted offers of support from across the Isle of Wight.
As news spread that the independent rescue organisation’s two RIBS had been put out of action after being stabbed multiple times, Islanders have come forward to offer their support.
Bembridge Marine (Bembridge Outboards) worked late into Monday night with the volunteers of Ryde Rescue to help repair one of the boats and were due to return today (Tuesday)
Kay Ounsworth contacted the Isle of Wight County Press after reading about the vandalism and has now embarked on three days of fundraising, by wearing her swimming costume while going about her normal day — including Zumba and street dance classes and the school run.
Mother-of-three Kay, 37, of Love Lane, Cowes, said: "I think what happened is disgusting."
She has set up a Just Giving page where people can donate cash; www.justgiving.com/kay-ounswourth
The amount of money pledged to support a previously arranged fundraising effort by crew member Bradley Francis, to abseil down Spinnaker Tower, quickly doubled.
Staff from Currys and PC World are also raising money for all the Island's independent lifeboats, including Ryde, by walking around the Isle of Wight with a washing machine.
Islanders can support their effort at their Newport stores or by clicking here.
Senior helm Adrian Farrell said: "I have felt everything, from anger to shock, that someone could do this to a charity, especially a life-saving charity.
"But we’ve been humbled by the response from the public, the offers of support we have had have been absolutely amazing.
"It’s not just fundraising, we have had people offering us boats and equipment, it has helped to take the edge of this."
The Currys and PC World team on their way around the Isle of Wight, with a washing machine. Picture courtesy of Sandown and Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat.