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Nominations open for Red Funnel's Charity of the Year 2020

Mon, Oct 21 2019

Nominations to become Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year 2020 are now open. Charities from the Isle of Wight and Hampshire area are encouraged to apply for the chance to be crowned the ferry operator’s charity partner for the forthcoming year.

Red Funnel supports over 30 charities, but each year it focusses its fundraising initiatives on one charity, providing essential funds for the charity’s cause.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, said: “2020 marks the sixth year we have offered the Charity of the Year scheme and in that time, we have raised over £200,000 and worked with some superb charities including UKSA, Ability Dogs 4 Young People, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, IW Donkey Sanctuary and this year’s charity, Mountbatten. I encourage charities from across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region to apply for a chance to be considered and this year, we’re keen to hear how charities plan to use the funds that Red Funnel raises.”

To meet the criteria for Red Funnel’s 2020 Charity of the Year, organisations need to:

  • Be a Registered Charity
  • Have been in operation for at least 12 months
  • Aim to support the local community
  • Share Red Funnel’s commitment to its long-term environmental strategy ‘Red Funnel Goes Green’ by operating in an environmentally sustainable and sympathetic manner 

Charities can apply online at The closing date for entries is 10 November 2019 and applicants should explain why their charity should be selected for Red Funnel's Charity of the Year, and how they can support Red Funnel’s fundraising efforts throughout the year. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a company presentation to staff in December 2019. Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year 2020 will be announced in January 2020.


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330

E: [email protected]

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, The Red Funnel IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, Isle Walk Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s 2019 Charity of the Year is Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

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