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Red Funnel surprises would-be engineer

Red Funnel continues to support local schools by offering an unforgettable experience for a lucky competition winner

One aspiring engineer was in for a treat, as Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries offered competition winner Dawid, aged 11, from Thornhill Primary School in Southampton, the chance to be a Red Funnel engineer for the day as part of The Big Bang @ Solent learning experience.

The day-long event was hosted at The City Cruise Terminal in Southampton, during which local businesses and organisations offer a variety of workshops and activities designed to inspire and encourage young people from all backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering, and maths.

Red Funnel exhibited for the first time this year and offered an unforgettable experience for local pupil Dawid, who had entered a competition to guess how many litres of fuel a Red Funnel car ferry uses in a year. His guess earned him the chance to spend a day with Red Funnel engineers, taking a look behind the scenes of the original Isle of Wight ferry company, and learning what it takes to keep 37,000 crossings per year sailing smoothly across the Solent.

Shirley Anderson, HR director at Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, said: “We loved exhibiting at The Big Bang and talking to children about what we do. Dawid won our competition and has had a fantastic day with our engineers. Red Funnel is a key local employer and children growing up next to the Solent recognise what an important role our service plays, so it was great to be able to give Dawid the chance to step behind the scenes and see how everything works.”

Competition winner Dawid, aged 11, from Thornhill Primary School in Southampton, said: “One moment I was doing a maths at the Big Bang Science Fayre and the next moment I was at the main office of the incredible Red Funnel company with my dad, being a V.I.P for the day. My Dad and I got two great tours during the day - one around the most modern ferry, the Red Falcon, and one around the Red Jet 3, and I even got to drive the Red Falcon. It was an outstanding day!”. 


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