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Red Funnel rolls out red carpet for VIP (Very Im'paw'tant Pooches)

Tue, Mar 14 2023

Isle of Wight Ferry operator, Red Funnel welcomed two VIP (Very im’paw’tant pooches) onboard the Red Osprey, heading to the annual Crufts dog show at NEC, Birmingham.

As part of the cross-Solent ferry company’s Island Ambassador programme, Red Funnel is proud to support owner Julie Platt and her team of 9 working Siberian Huskies with sponsored travel.

Julie has qualified both the beautiful Lacey (2 years old) and Maddie (7 months) for Crufts 2023, where they will compete in their age relevant Siberian Husky Class as part of the Working Group. As many as 188 Siberian Huskies are expected at this year’s show making for stiff competition. Outside of the showring, both Lacey and Maddie are working dogs, competing in sled racing up and down the country, but beloved pets first.

Fran Collins, Chief Executive Officer at Red Funnel, said: “We’re dedicated to supporting the Isle of Wight community and recognising talent from across the Island and we’re delight to have Julie and her huskies onboard for a special trip across the Solent this week.”

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Notes to editors

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 its on board café, ‘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, Rhythm Tree, Wight Proms, and Walk the Wight as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year, 2023 is Aspire.

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