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Red Funnel supports Anti-Bullying Awards

Fri, Oct 25 2019

The Anti-Bullying Awards took place last week (16th October), which were proudly supported by Red Funnel Ferries.

Held as part of the annual IOW Safeguarding Children Partnership Conference, which welcomed more than 200 attendees, it is the first year the Awards have been presented as part of the event. The Awards, hosted by LSCP (Local Safeguarding Children Partnership), were primarily focussed on the work that schools and school children are doing, to encourage and celebrate their work to tackle bullying.

The Red Funnel sponsored awards were split into three initiatives; School, Pupil and Staff, with two winners in each category receiving a special prize donated by the ferry operator. The prizes were presented to the winners by Chris Sibley, Risk, Safety and Compliance Director for Red Funnel.

Chris said: “We are delighted that Red Funnel was able to support these important awards and help recognise the amazing work that the schools and pupils are doing with local youth councils, groups, organisations and public bodies in order to combat bullying. It was an absolute privilege to present the awards to the winners, as I found them all and the whole conference truly inspiring.”  

Natalie Smith, Isle of Wight School Improvement Manager, added: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to celebrate such a fantastic array of initiatives from our schools, and we look forward very much to seeing how these evolve and develop. Anti-bullying week this year is from the 11th – 15th November, and it would be great to see everybody becoming involved in ensuring that bullying is actively tackled and shown to be unacceptable.

“I am also very grateful to Red Funnel for opening the door to the opportunities provided in terms of the prizes; it will make a real difference to the children in the schools that won.”

Anti-Bullying Awards winners:

  • School Initiative: Christ the King College and Newchurch Primary School
  • Pupil Initiative: Ryde Academy and Ryde School with Upper Chine
  • Staff Initiative: Broadlea Primary School and Christ the King College


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

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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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