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 technical support from Nosy Marketing and regular sponsors Spence Willard, Rouse and Weavers the 2020 Gift Fair went virtual and raised an astounding £11,675 for Mountbatten Isle of Wight.

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Organiser Rosamond Poncia said:

“As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions The Gift Fair was not able to take place as normal at the Bembridge Sailing Club.  I am delighted we were able to continue ‘Virtually’ – shopping online.  I want to thank NOSY Marketing for producing and donating the Gift Fair website and our wonderful sponsors and donors. We are delighted to be able to present Mountbatten with a donation of £11,675. Everyone admires the amazing work of Mountbatten, particularly during this extra stressful pandemic.”

Stallholders, who would usually appear at the Gift Fair, put their items for sale online and 15% of every sale was donated to Mountbatten.

Mountbatten Chief Executive Nigel Hartley said:

“We’re grateful to everyone who supported the Virtual Gift Fair and to everyone who purchased gifts.  The Gift Fair committee work incredibly hard to support Mountbatten every Christmas. At this very difficult time we are grateful for the continued and creative support and from the wonderful committee members of the Bembridge Gift Fair who over the years have worked tirelessly to raise much needed funds for our Island’s hospice.”

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