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Current Chairty of tL-R: Carol Court and Shirley Anderson with Red

redfunnellogopaddingThere’s still time for charities to apply to be Red Funnel’s 2017 charity of the year. Interested registered charities have until Monday (24th October) to submit an application for Red Funnel’s support, which could help raise thousands of pounds through fundraising initiatives and staff and customer donations.

The online application form requires charities to suggest ways in which Red Funnel can support the charity and how funds raised will be used. It also asks how the charity would assist Red Funnel in organising fundraising events.

Red Funnel’s search for its 2017 charity of the year, which ideally will be based on or have strong links with the Island, follows a hugely successful fundraising effort for its 2016 charity of the year, Isle of Wight Ability Dogs 4 Young People, with £25,000 raised to date.

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Fundraising initiatives included a group of Red Funnel employees doing a parachute jump, opportunities to meet the puppies on-board and learn more about the charity’s work, online customer donations and Red Funnel match-funding.

Carol Court, founder and CEO of Ability Dogs 4 Young People, is delighted with the fundraising support from Red Funnel. She said:

“Red Funnel has given us so many opportunities to raise awareness of our charity and hold fundraising days on-board its ferries.

“For example, with their help we commissioned two new short videos about our work which are shown on-board the car and passenger ferries. Red Funnel has sponsored an ability dog called ‘Red’, and their regular fundraiser Rae, who dresses as Spot the Bear, also collected on-board for us.

“It’s really been a fantastic joint effort this year.

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“Now, thanks to Red Funnel, we are able to train even more ability dogs and help improve the quality of life for disabled young people on the Island.”

The unique charity trains ability dogs to give disabled young people and children more independence.

The ability dogs help youngsters with physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. As well as carrying out practical tasks, such as picking up items, opening doors, and getting help crossing the road, the ability dogs help increase disabled young people’s confidence.

Red Funnel’s HR director, Shirley Anderson, said:

“We are once again delighted to have helped a very worthy local cause to raise money and awareness in the community.

“We have enjoyed an excellent year collaborating on fundraising events with Ability Dogs 4 Young People.

“Now it is time for another local charity to take up the mantle of Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year for 2017.

“Don’t miss out – the closing date for applications is looming, 24 October, so I would urge charities to put in their applications as soon as possible.”

To apply, visit: www.redfunnel.co.uk/charityoftheyear.

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