Weekend of events brings in the cash for Joe Ellis Trust

By Sara Bryce

Published on Monday, July 07, 2014 - 14:38


Weekend of events brings in the cash for Joe Ellis Trust

Showjumping for the Joe Ellis Trust at the Old Brickworks, Shanklin. Maia McToldridge, 13 on Sweet William. Picture by Robin Crossley.

FUNDRAISING for Joe Ellis' trust continued in earnest on the Isle of Wight this weekend — helping to bring the total raised to £79,504.

Joe's brother Jack Ellis was joined by fellow members of the Newport Rowing Club, in an attempt to row 100,000 metres on a trio of rowing machines at Marks and Spencer, Newport.

Jack kicked off the rowing and just four hours later, the other rowers stopped to let Jack take them across the 100,000 metre mark.

The group encouraged members of the public to join them, including policemen colleagues of Joe’s dad Simon, raising over £600 for Joe's trust.

At Ryde Pier, Wightlink — with support from Isle of Wight Radio and the Isle of Wight County — hosted a pop-up cinema screening of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Almost 800 people applied for the 200 tickets and the night raised £1,000 for the trust.
One of the mechanical stars of the film, Bumblebee — a Chevrolet Camero 6.2 litre V8 — was at the screening, adding to the atmosphere.

It was a musical weekend across the Island with live events held at The Bargeman's Rest, Newport, The King Lud, Ryde and Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

Thousands of pounds were raised as Island bands rocked out all day at the King Lud and the Bargeman's, while visitors to Dimbola got groovy at a 1960s themed Summer of Love event.

In Brading horse riders of all ages took part in a showjumping event, and enjoyed cream teas and a raffle, helping to raise more than £900.

Joe lost his battle to aggressive cancer while friends, family and strangers alike tried to raise £100,000 for a brand new treatment from America. The money raised for Joe will now go towards other Island youngsters with cancer and their families.

Donations can be made to the Joe Ellis Trust at any branch of Lloyds Bank, account number 04427368, sort code 77-25-16.

• For a full report see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, July 11.



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