Bus drivers on the Isle of Wight will once again be getting into the festive spirit – by sporting Christmas jumpers this December in aid of charity.

Southern Vectis workers are raising money for its corporate charity Isle of Wight Search & Rescue (WightSAR) – and pulling on the seasonal sweaters is their latest fundraising initiative.

Richard Tyldsley, General Manager at Southern Vectis, says:

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“Our drivers are a festive bunch and – from Friday 17th December to Saturday 25th December – they’ll be donning colourful Christmas jumpers in aid of this very worthy cause.

“We thought this would be the perfect time to help WightSAR. The charity’s volunteers make themselves available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year – supporting Hampshire Constabulary and other agencies in searches for high risk, vulnerable, missing persons here on the Isle of Wight.

“We’d like to raise as much money as possible –  and we’re inviting customers to get into the Christmas spirit too.

“Representatives from WightSAR will be handing out mince pies at bus stops on 17th and 18th December between 10:00 and 14:00 each day. Our customers will then have an opportunity to donate to our chosen charity – or they can do so when they visit the Southern Vectis travel shops in Newport and Ryde.”

For more information about WightSAR, visit

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