The annual fundraising and awareness event, entitled ‘Go Orange Day’, was setup to help raise much-needed funds for Ryde Inshore Rescue, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Freshwater Lifeboat, who each provide life-saving operations around the Island’s coastline alongside RNLI-funded stations.
Businesses and individuals in the three towns have really supported the volunteer crews by dressing shop windows and carrying out a variety of activities connected to lifeboats and the colour orange.
In Ryde, Hovertravel have been encouraging donations with both terminals dressed to the occasion with bright and colourful balloons and edible oranges available free of charge. Further up in the town, Ward House Financial have added some colour to their windows at the top of Union Street with a manikin dressed as a lifeboat crew member.
Ryde Inshore Rescue crew members have also been collecting outside Co-Operation in Anglesea Street, dressed in full kit and will be outside The King Lud this evening.
In Shanklin, the SSILB crew have been outside the Co-Operative store in Regent Street with collection buckets and the powerful lifeboat for members of the public to see close-up and learn more about what the charity provides both in the local community and out at sea.
In the West Wight, volunteers from Freshwater Lifeboat are touring the town today in a bid to collection funds in shops, pubs and clubs and will assist with bag packing in The Co-Operation tomorrow.
This year, it is hoped that more than £11,500 can be raised, beating 2013’s total.
Photos: Hovertravel celebrations courtesy of Hovertravel; Ward House Financial by Sue Ward and SSILB in Shanklin courtesy of SSILB.