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10999494_10152691127663310_5020252948822540289_nPICTURE GALLERY: There was huge support for Go Orange Day across the Isle of Wight on Friday, with a variety of events and collections taking place to raise much-needed funds for the Island’s independent lifeboat stations.

Right across the Isle of Wight support was strong for the annual event, which helps to fund Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ryde Inshore Rescue and Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, who are all run separately from the RNLI.

Katrina and her team from Line Dance Isle of Wight raised £760 for Go Orange with a fabulous orange-themed night. Jewson Morey’s in Sandown raised £188.75 with their in-store raffle whilst Island Visions Photography auctioned off a canvas, raising £110.

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Feb 2015 Go Orange 15Hovertravel turned both the Southsea and Ryde terminals orange with displays, balloons and buckets. Everyone from cashiers to crew and from pilots to product development supported the day by wearing orange.

To encourage donations, free oranges were handed out to customers.

Loretta Lale, Commercial and Marketing Manager at Hovertravel, said:

“Our neighbours around the Isle of Wight have been incredibly generous and we have received free oranges from  Iceland, Barrow Boys, Medina Food, Sainsbury’s  plus some donation buckets form B&Q.

“Thanks to everyone who helped us raise awareness of the work of these unsung heroes of our Solent community.”

Photographs by Ryde Rescue and SSILB

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