Ryde Mayor’s pancake challenge

Ryde Mayor’s annual pancake-flipping event will be celebrating its sixth year this Pancake Day, on Tuesday (March 1).

This year the fun will be at Pickle & Dill, Union Street, Ryde, from 11am. Originally established in 2017 by then-independent councillor, and now mayor of Ryde, Michael Lilley, the event and challenge is to raise awareness of poverty and the work of Isle of Wight Foodbanks.

Michael will be holding this year’s event as Mayor of Ryde and the Isle of Wight Council’s Mental Health Champion in partnership with Pickle & Dill, with funds going to Ryde Foodbank. He hopes to raise awareness of how family poverty leads to poor mental and physical health in children. During Covid, the foodbank never closed and was supplying food to those in real need.

Over the last five years, the event has raised over £9,000.

Michael said: “To me everything starts with a child and if a child is given a good start in life then there is hope for this child, the family, the community and society. However, if a child lives in poverty in the UK in 2022, they are eleven times more likely to fall into care and their future is less hopeful.

“On the Isle of Wight the foodbanks are on the coalface of getting food to families and children who are in crisis. We need to support this but also campaign for a society that does not need this form of charity. It is totally unacceptable that children and families in 2022 Britain have to rely on charity to live. Please support by donating funds.”

The winner of the most pancake flips in three minutes will receive a Pickle & Dill hamper.

Further details can be found at michaellilley.uk.