Wightlink captain Tom Vincent and his crew during their cross-Solent paddle.
COMMUNITY fundraisers have stepped up to raise thousands for Ryde Inshore Rescue over recent days.
The independent Isle of Wight life-saving charity suffered thousands of pounds of damage last month, when its two lifeboats were vandalised, putting them out of action.
Since the attack, Islanders have come forward to raise money for the group, which is based at Appley.
At the weekend, music fans headed to the King Lud, where a Lifeboat Ludfest was organised by Carly Fitt, which featured a host of bands and other entertainment, raising more than £900.
Crew member Bradley Francis had his legs waxed at Essence beauty salon, in Union Street, on Monday, to raise extra cash and the Kasbah, in Union Street, held a quiz night that brought in £341.
Wightlink’s Wight Paddle event, when Captain Tom Vincent and a crew of volunteers paddled a rescue boat across The Solent, raised £5,000.
"As mariners we were angry when we heard the rescue boats had been damaged, it’s a cause we feel strongly about," said Tom.
Lifeboat senior coxswain Ady Farrell thanked the group and said it had meant they could send the first of the boats for repairs.
Ryde Inshore Rescue lifeboat secretary, Karen Fisher, also paid tribute to the Bloodstone Border Morris group, which has raised hundreds of pounds by collecting at events in Ryde and Cowes.
Crew member of Ryde Inshore Rescue Bradley Francis having his legs waxed. Picture by Nathan Lewis.
Bloodstone Border Morris at the King Lud. CONTRIBUTED