Wightlink is welcoming applications from Isle of Wight charities, sports and arts groups this month for its Wightlink in the Community travel programme in 2022. 

Focused on helping young people and green initiatives, the scheme supports scores of good causes that enhance the quality of life for people on the Isle of Wight.

To date, Wightlink in the Community has provided hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of ferry travel to help people attend events on the mainland or bring people or equipment to the Isle of Wight.

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The sponsorship window for sponsorship applications opened on 1st October 2021 and will close on 31st October 2021. Successful applications will be confirmed in December 2021 and Wightlink in the Community sponsorship will start on 1st January 2022 and run for 12 months.

Wightlink also provides ad-hoc support to charities throughout the year and is part of the Isle of Wight Council Talented Athlete Scheme for individual sportsmen and women.

Ruth Curtis from Isle of Wight Skating Club says:

“The support we receive from Wightlink has offered a much–valued lifeline for our Island skaters. Five years after our home rink – Ryde Arena – closed its doors, they continue to travel to Gosport weekly to train. Without sponsorship from Wightlink, this would not be possible and our Skating Club simply would not exist.

“Our skaters and parents are extremely grateful for the continued support from Wightlink which means that we can continue to participate in the sport we love and that the Isle of Wight is still represented in national and international competitions.”

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Carol Court, founder and CEO of Ability Dogs 4 Young People says:

“Wightlink’s sponsorship means a great deal to the charity, this year more than ever, because we have been back and forth to the mainland this year sorting out new puppies and trying to catch up for 2020 when we could not take any on.”

Joanna Willey from Fusion Arts Academy says:

“Wightlink’s support to our students has been invaluable. Not only have they supported us with travel to the mainland but they have taken the time to communicate regularly with us during the pandemic to see how we were getting on which has meant such a lot during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your support, Wightlink, and I hope we’ve made you proud!”

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Wightlink Chief Execiutive Keith Greenfield adds:

“We take pride in supporting the local community, especially good causes which help to broaden the horizons of young people on the Island and we look forward to receiving applications for help with the cost of ferry travel during 2022.

“Wightlink supports a variety of groups and good causes from sports teams to environmental charities and musicians to carnival groups – all of which contribute to Island life by inspiring and enhancing people’s lives.”

The successes and achievements of Island good causes supported by Wightlink are regularly showcased on the ‘Wightlink in the Community’ Facebook page www.facebook.com/wightlinkinthecommunity

Details of how groups can apply can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk/sponsorship.

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Ching Chong Chow at Chingford
Ching Chong Chow at Chingford
12 days ago

Hands up, who misses the old passenger ferries ?
(The Brading and the Southsea).
Propping up the bar whilst playing the fruit machine.
They went out in all weathers, and never broke down.

Reply to  Ching Chong Chow at Chingford
8 days ago

Yes, and they didn’t try to lie to the public about technical faults or staff issues in order to cancel non-profitable sailings. These modern ferry companies are a joke and frankly a disgrace to the island residents.

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