IW Festival goers raise thousands for Mountbatten

Festival goers at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival have supported Mountbatten to the tune of just over £31,600 – a record total for donations to Mountbatten collected at the world-famous event, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of organisers John and Caroline Giddings, Mountbatten was once again given permission to be on site at Seaclose Park to launch their official 2018 iconic sunflower, as well as to raise funds through the sale of other merchandise including sunflower umbrellas – which this year proved useful as parasols in the blazing sunshine!
All 892 umbrellas were sold by the Saturday afternoon and 4,700 Mountbatten Sunflowers were sold in total. Other merchandise sold included wristbands, hats and water donated by Wight Crystal. A group of 29 volunteers, coordinated by our Community Fundraiser, roamed the site over the three long, hot days – working a total of 690 hours - to encourage revellers to support Mountbatten, and explain more about the charity’s work.
The exact total amount raised was £31,616.68, which is the equivalent cost of providing Mountbatten’s expert end of life care for three months through our Mountbatten Coordination Centre. The centre, which has been running since January, aims to help all Islanders, including young adults and children, who are in the last five years of their life to access assessment, planning and a reliable 24/7 telephone advice and information telephone line staffed by Mountbatten experts.
Dani Johnson, Mountbatten Community Fundraiser, said: “This was an astounding effort by our volunteers and I can’t thank them enough for their dedication and support. It was hot and thirsty work, but I am so proud of what has been achieved! Last year, we raised just over £15,000 so to double that amount is incredible and I’d like to thank John and Caroline Giddings for making it possible, as well as Coast and Country for their continued support in supplying our bright yellow tent.”
Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten Chief Executive, said: “We are so proud of and thankful to everyone who contributed to this fantastic amount raised – both our team who worked tirelessly on site and to the organisers for allowing us to be there. The funds will contribute towards our work supporting people facing death, dying and bereavement, wherever they are on the Isle of Wight - ensuring that our expert care can continue and that no-one is left alone when they need us most.”


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