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Update: Press release following IW Youth Trust gala

(December 06, 2012)



To everyone who took part, supported and helped us this year we would just like to say a massive thank you. This year we exceeded all expectations by spectacularly raising over £37,000 which smashed all previous totals!


‘All the gala dinners have been great but this year was exceptional,’ said Eileen Monks, Director of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. ‘It has been such a difficult time for a lot of small independent charities and having the support of  the Royal and Bestival to generate funds, goodwill and raise awareness has been  truly heart-warming and uplifting.’


The live auction was conducted by auctioneer Becky Ball from Hose Rhodes & Dickson Auction Room and raised over £10,000.  Lots included the very special chance to be side stage for the Sunday mainline act at the Bestival as well as grand tier box at the Albert Hall and the opportunity to have a portrait painted by acclaimed artist Evgeniya Buyanova. A silent auction included lots from artist Matthew Chambers, Goodleaf Tree Climbing, Barefoot on the Beach, Jenny Sprackling, The Garlic Farm, Really Well Made, Wine Therapy, Rapanui, BeCalmed, Lakeside Spa Hotel, Morgans Restaurant , Pete Jenness, Isle of Wight Campervan Holidays, Body Byrne, Wisteria Gallery and Isle of Wight Adventure Activities. Toastmaster Roger Holmes assisted throughout the evening.


After a delicious four-course seasonal dinner, guests were entertained by Edana Minghella and band.  ‘Edana is captivating and moving in equal parts - it was the perfect end to a very special evening,’ said William Bailey.


The monies raised by the evening will go toward the Youth Trust’s ‘Works’ programme which helps and supports young islanders experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol.  The High Sheriff, Nick Hayward, gave a speech highlighting the fact that the island has huge pockets of deprivation and some of the worst national statistics for youth drink and drug misuse. He reinforced that is why it’s so important to support the Youth Trust who provide a life saving and life-changing service to young islanders.


If you know a young person experiencing difficulties with drink and drugs then please call the Works on 01983 717656. 

The Youth Trust also have a 24hr answer phone service 01983 529569


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