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SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE BOOST AFTER TRAINING EXERCISE

Search and rescue services on the Island have received a massive boost following a ground-breaking training exercise held in Wootton at the weekend. As a result of the two-day course, 12 volunteers from Isle of Wight Search and Rescue (WightSAR) now have learned the skills and certifications required for them to be able to join […]
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£13,000 IN WIGHTAID FUNDING WELCOMED BY ISLAND GROUPS

9 good causes have received a welcome boost thanks to WightAID’s latest round of funding allocations. More than £13,000 from the grant-giving charity has been shared between the groups, which all help to support and enrich the lives of people living on the Island. The groups range from sports clubs to support charities, each making […]
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NEWPORT TEACHING ASSISTANT TAKES ON HALF MARATHON FOR MENTAL HEALTH

An Isle of Wight teaching assistant is preparing to take on a solo half-marathon challenge to raise money for the Island’s mental health team, and for St George’s School. Despite his plans for the challenge to take place in February being forced to change by the coronavirus lockdown, 30-year-old Jamie Hinson has continued his training […]
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WIGHTLINK SUPPORTS ISLE OF WIGHT FAMILIES IN NEED TO ENJOY A BREAK

Wightlink has teamed up with the charity The Getaway Foundation to help provide a much-needed holiday for 10 Island families who are living in poverty.  The Foundation, which works with partners including the Isle of Wight Council to provide breaks for deserving families, approached Wightlink for assistance with travel in 2021 and was delighted to […]
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ISLAND’S FIREFIGHTERS THANKED BY THE NHS FOR EFFORTS DURING COVID PANDEMIC

Firefighters across the Isle of Wight have been thanked by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between January and March, a team of 20 personnel from Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service – as it was – trained and worked as ambulance drivers, due to increased demand […]
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KEEGAN’S DART RAFFLE RAISES £20,000 FOR NHS HEROES

A raffle offering exclusive money-can’t-buy darts memorabilia has raised a staggering £20,000 in aid of the NHS. The raffle was the brainchild of 27-year-old Keegan Brown, a Medical Laboratory Assistant at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, who has made quite an impression on the world darts stage over the past few years. As previously reported […]
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NEW EXPERIENCES SET TO ARRIVE AT VENTNOR EXCHANGE

With restrictions on live events still in place due to COVID restrictions, Ventnor Exchange is set to host 2 new experiences in April that residents can take part in from the comfort of their own home. The venue is teaming up with theatre company Out of Chaos to present Is Now A Good Time? a […]
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DARTS STAR LAUNCHES TOP PRIZE RAFFLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NHS STAFF

Darts fans are being given the chance to bag themselves money-can’t-buy signed memorabilia and at the same time raise vital funds for the NHS thanks to a fundraiser launched by Isle of Wight darts star Keegan Brown. 27-year-old Keegan, a Medical Laboratory Assistant at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, has made quite an impression on […]
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VIRTUAL GIFT FAIR RAISES £11,675 FOR MOUNTBATTEN

A Virtual Gift Fair has raised over £11,000 for Mountbatten Isle of Wight. During the pandemic, the organisers of ‘The Gift Fair for Mountbatten’ looked to new technology to enable their fundraising efforts to continue. The fair, which has been held for the last 5 years at Bembridge Sailing Club, raised £19,000 in 2019. With […]
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COUNCIL CHAIRMAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LATE RAY SCOVELL

Councillor George Cameron, chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, has paid tribute to former council officer Ray Scovell, who died on 19th January this year: Ray Scovell was a man known and loved for his dedication and commitment to Island sport, especially athletics where he coached and volunteered at the Isle of Wight Athletics […]
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