Online voting has officially opened for the public to decide which out of 3 finalists will become Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year 2022.

Red Funnel’s colleagues have had their say already and shortlisted 3 worthy contenders: Young Lives Vs Cancer, Royal National Institute of Blind People and Independent Arts.

The public now have until midnight on Tuesday 25th January to visit and submit their vote for the charity they would like to see Red Funnel support this year.

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Fran Collins, Chief Executive of Red Funnel, said:

“We are excited to announce the opening of our Charity of the Year vote to the public. This year marks the eighth year we have offered the Charity of the Year scheme. In that time, we have worked with some superb charities, and we can’t wait to welcome our next one on board.

“The past 18 months have been particularly challenging and have made it harder than ever for charities to raise funds, so it’s more important than ever before to play our part in supporting charities who impact our local community. No matter what the outcome of this year’s vote, we look forward to supporting whomever the public chooses and helping to make a difference in 2022.”

Independent Arts

Independent Arts is a small Isle of Wight charity, which for the past 35 years has been tackling loneliness and vulnerability, through quality art-based programmes. They support islanders ages 4 to 104 years old, working with dozens of professional artists and volunteers to deliver music, singing, storytelling, photography and all kinds of visual or performance arts where it’s needed most.

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has supported Isle of Wight residents for over 7 years. Their dedicated Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) is based at St Mary’s Hospital and is there every step of the way for Isle of Wight residents who need support. Providing vital emotional and practical support, the ECLO means nobody has to face sight loss alone on the Isle of Wight. However, with the impact of the pandemic, the Eye Clinic now has the longest waiting times in the country for an appointment, meaning many patients will have suffered avoidable and irreversible sight loss or damage to their sight.

Young Lives vs Cancer

If selected, funds raised will hugely help Young Lives vs Cancer support children and young people with cancer in their families on the Isle of Wight. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it threatens everything, for them and their family. For families facing this on the Isle of Wight, this means treatment at the nearest specialist hospital Southampton General Hospital, where the charity’s dedicated Young Lives vs Cancer social care team is based. They provide specialist and bespoke support to help families who are experiencing everything cancer throws at them.

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3 months ago

Three very good charity’s,
But for me, it has to be the “young lives v cancer”.
It just seems more appropriate, as all of these unfortunate people and there relatives have to go over to Southampton hospital so regularly.

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3 months ago

perhaps they could spend more time on operating a reliable boat service instead of trying to be virtue signalling do gooders


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