WightAID hands over £22,860 to 13 Island charities

By Press Release May 13, 2024
Abi and Regan from Performance in People, and Mavis, with the WightAID cheque and some of the organisations which benefitted

Mavis, the WightAID mascot, helped the team hand over a cheque for £22,860 to 13 Island charities.

Ranging from funding for youth trips to the Lake District to cash for uplifting garden gifts for elderly people lacking family support, the awards all helped to enhance the lives of Islanders.

The biggest award of the funding round went to Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, which received £10,000 for essential crew PPE replacement.

Without this funding, the vital service would not be able to operate.

But there were also plenty of small grants making a big difference.

One of the charities benefitting, Godshill and Rookley Scouts, kindly hosted the event at their scout hut.

The grants list in full:

Under £500

Nettlestone & Seaview Sheds – Printed gazebo for fundraising and other events.

Pigsty Farm CIC – Grant towards a new disabled toilet.

Members of First Act wearing the T-shirts bought with the WightAID grant.

First Act 2011 – Theatre group for adults with complex and additional needs. Grant for members’ T-shirts to be worn at productions.

Embracing Age IW – Grant to buy spring flowers and bulbs to gift to residents without a family or who are particularly isolated.

West Wight Timebank – Grant towards specialist dementia games and puzzles for their dementia group, also for minibus hire for Ventnor lunch outing.

MAD-Aid – Grant to enhance activities they run at their MAD-Aid DOT community room in East Cowes.

Nature Therapy CIC – Grant towards their sound therapy programme and the Sound of Water Manual.

Isle of Wight Cricket Board – Towards cost of a sports wheelchair.

Over £500:

SWAY – Grant towards residential trip for 28 young people in Lake District.

1st Godshill and Rookley Scout Group – Grant towards upgrading scout hut toilets, including installation of accessible toilet.

Isle of Wight Duke of Edinburgh Award Charitable Association – Funds towards four-day Gold Canoe Expedition in Scotland.

Isle of Wight Rotary – Contribution towards Rotary fundraising for children’s walled garden at St Marys Hospital.

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat – £10,000 for essential crew PPE replacement.

One of the companies supporting WightAID is Performance in People and the Ryde-based company sent along Abi and Regan to help Mavis present the cheques.

Performance in People staff have been raising money for WightAID

Abi said: “We are delighted to have been invited along to the recent charity cheque presentation and see first-hand the impact of our fundraising on some wonderful local Island charities.

Mavis, the WightAID dog, with the cheque.

“WightAID have formed a fantastic community network and support system for Isle of Wight charities. We look forward to continuing to raise as much money as we can for the foundation.”

Geoff Underwood, founder of WightAID, thanked each charity for the amazing work they do, and for their dedication to Island life.

He said: “Meeting in a group like this, gives all of you and our generous donors, the opportunity to really get to know each other, and find out about all the wonderful work so many people are doing to support our community.”.

WightAID has distributed over £650,000 to more than 225 local charities. Donors are primarily local businesses, but also many individuals who all have a passion for the Island.

Join WightAID at www.wightaid.org/donate.