SophiesShopButterfliesIn just over a week, more than 350 purple butterflies have been purchased from Sophie’s Shop in Newport – named after the inspirational six-year-old who died of a brain tumour last year – that helps raise money to provide care for children with life-limiting illnesses.

Thanks to a partnership between Sophie’s charity KissyPuppy and Bestival, one of the UK’s biggest music festivals, thousands more butterflies are set to be sold in the coming weeks.

On Thursday 4th September, volunteers will be selling the butterflies to passengers using Wightlink’s Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry and the Hovertravel Southsea to Ryde hovercraft.

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Volunteers from KissyPuppy and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice will also be at the Bestival to sell the distinctive butterflies to festival goers. All those who buy a butterfly are being invited to take a selfie with the emblem and submit it to [email protected] All entries will go into a draw to win a ticket for Bestival 2015.

Also on the Thursday as a warm up to Bestival, there will be a guys versus gals rowing challenge when two classic rowing boats will cross the Solent carrying Sophie’s dad Aaron and Earl Mountbatten Hospice chief executive Jo Blackburn from Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay. Supporters of the Hospice and KissyPuppy are being asked to donate towards this event by visiting

Mrs Blackburn said:

“We are delighted to be working so closely wth KissyPuppy on a number of initiatives that will hopefully raise a lot of money to provide end of life care for children and young people.

‘‘Once again we are extremely grateful to a wide range of local companies, individuals and organisations who continue to be so incredibly supportive of the hospice and KissyPuppy”.

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