A record £21,000 was raised at this year’s Mountbatten Gift Fair in Bembridge.

Shoppers flocked to Bembridge Sailing Club last month, where more than 25 boutique and high-end stalls sold unique gifts for Christmas.

Stallholders donated 10 percent of their profits, alongside a raffle and other donations, helping to raise the record total for Mountbatten.

“We had a great turnout over the two days of the fair, with Islanders showing their support for the remarkable work Mountbatten does in our community,” said Rosamond Poncia, of the Gift Fair Committee.

“I am so grateful to our generous sponsors, stallholders and a wonderful group of volunteers for making it possible to donate £21,000. Thank you so much.”

Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley recently received the cheque from the Gift Fair committee.

“We are incredibly grateful for this amazing donation,” he said.

“This support from the Gift Fair committee is really appreciated by everyone at Mountbatten.

“The demand for our services is growing all the time, so donations like this really help us make a difference to the increasing number of people on the Island who need us.”

The Gift Fair was supported by sponsors Spence Willard, Rouse Intelligent Financial Planning, Wightlink, Weaver Brothers Ltd, Nosy Marketing, Kendalls Fine Art, and Coast & Country Marquees.

Wightlink Director of Marketing and Innovation, Stuart James, said: “We were really pleased to have been able to support the Mountbatten Gift Fair once again and delighted the event has been such a huge success.”

Pictured, from left, Mountbatten Trustee Josephine Smith, Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley, Kate Collins, of the Gift Fair Committee, and Vera Mircescu, Mountbatten Head of Catering.