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The Sporting Bears Motor Club recently organised a special day out for 5 Island families who are supported by the Joe Ellis Trust, which helps local children diagnosed with cancer and their families on the Island.

The Bears had 5 special cars lined up to chauffeur the families for the day, with 4 of the cars travelling over from the mainland to take part in the event.

After a short ride in the cars the convoy stopped for lunch at The Fighting Cocks in Arreton, where the families were entertained by Huxley the magician who generously gave his time up for free. It had previously been arranged with Sunshine Rotary and Cowes Rotary Club to pick up the bill for dinner for the families, however, the owner of the Fighting Cocks, Sam Shaw, had other ideas and flatly refused to take any money for the meals.

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With the 5 families loaded back into the special convoy of cars, they proceeded to Shanklin Theatre to watch Dick Whittington And His Cat performed by Spotlight Entertainment, who had very generously donated free VIP tickets for the 5 families.

The families were chauffeured back to Newport, where the Sporting Bears had some selection packs of sweets for the children.

Clive Ford of The Sporting Bears said:

“Our aim was simply to give them all an enjoyable day out and put some smiles on some very special faces – it was a very rewarding and very humbling experience.

“The generosity shown by The Fighting Cocks and Spotlight Entertainment was just above and beyond what we could have dreamt of when planning the event.

“The Bears would also like to thank The Belmont Hotel in Shanklin for letting us leave our cars safely parked in their car park, and of course our sponsors Wightlink who really pulled the stops out during such difficult weather conditions to get our mainland cars to the event on time”.

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