Medina House School has been chosen by youth education and maritime training charity UKSA to be the beneficiary of several pots of locally generated donations, including all the cash put into collection tins over the last financial year.
Members of the public kindly donated a total of £166.84 through tins at Cowes Yacht Haven, Corries Cabin, Red Jet Terminal, Chiverton’s Newsagents, Musto, UKSA, Pier View Pub and Plaza Ice Cream.
Added to that, UKSA staff donated money every month through their Dress Down Friday events, where they can wear casual or fun clothes to work. This raised £157.56.
Shoppers at Waitrose who selected UKSA as their chosen charity by placing tokens in their box helped raise £171, and Carisbrooke Shipping kindly donated the proceeds of their New Year’s Resolution lottery, a generous £118.
The money will help Medina House School, which has booked a number of day activities at UKSA to benefit all of their pupils starting from May.
They need to raise more than £2,000 to cover the costs so the donation from UKSA is a great help.
Headteacher Julie Stewart said: “Each class in Medina House School have the invaluable opportunity to go to UKSA and experience basic sailing and different water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, Picos and Ribs all appropriate to their individual needs.
“This not only boosts their water confidence, it helps build on social, communication and life skills. We greatly appreciate all donations that are given to allow all children to access UKSA’s fantastic provision.”
Dr Paola Tinti, UKSA fundraiser, said: “We are proud to support this school, which is one of the many local causes that we help. If anyone else has any fundraising ideas or wants to donate, we would love to hear from them.