The ferry company has chosen the Isle of Wight Youth Trust as its official charity for 2015. During this year, Wightlink will work with the Trust to raise money and awareness of its counselling, advice, information and support services for children, young people and families on the Island.
Over the last 30 years, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust has helped thousands of individuals who had been experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said:
“It is sad to learn that the Island has a higher proportion of children in care and looked after children than the rest of the South East region, and that 21 per cent of children are regarded as living in poverty. I believe that everyone should be given their moment to shine as there is already a tremendous amount of talent on the Island. We are delighted to support this vital service to families on the Island and we look forward to working with the Trust as it goes from strength to strength.”
Director of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, Eileen Monks added:
“Wightlink’s generous sponsorship will help us spread the word about our activities and the good work our counsellors do every day and provide more services to young Islanders.”
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Every year Wightlink offers support worth £350,000 to charities, good causes and talented individuals across the Island. The company’s chosen charity for 2014 was the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance; it raised more than £5,000 through its connections with Wightlink.