Washing machine walkers 'money laundering' for lifeboats

By Ross Findon

Monday, May 19, 2014

 

Washing machine walkers 'money laundering' for lifeboats

Staff from Currys and PC World will be walking around the Isle of Wight with a washing machine, in aid of independent lifeboats. Front Ady Farrell from Ryde Rescue and Andy Cotton from Freshwater Inshore. Back (from left) Jack Elliott, four, Sophie Elliott, eight, Aaron Elliott from Currys, Jamie Elsey, Alex Morley from Sandown and Shanklin Inshore, John Fisher from Ryde Rescue, Mark Birch from Sandown and Shanklin, Anthony Roper from Freshwater Inshore, Andrew Wilkins from PC World and Oscar Wilkins, three.

STAFF at two stores have put a new spin on fundraising, by planning to walk around the Isle of Wight, carrying a washing machine.

The effort, by workers at Currys and PC World, is in aid of the Island’s three independent lifeboats — Sandown and Shanklin, Freshwater and Ryde.

On July 20, they will set off from Newport for a six day, 75 mile hike, collecting money as they go.

Mark Birch, of Sandown and Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat, said: "They did Walk the Wight last year, in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, and this year they wanted to support another Isle of Wight cause.

"They heard about us thanks to Go Orange Day, the fundraising and awareness event for independent lifeboats in February, and we were honoured they chose us.

"The staff are very, very, enthusiastic."

As well as collecting sponsorship and donations, the businesses have also organised a raffle, with prizes worth thousands of pounds on offer.

Tickets can be purchased in store and the draw will take place after the walk.

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