CAMPAIGNERS aiming to bring back the Hayling Ferry are poised to hit the halfway mark of their fundraising target.
The Hayling Ferry Trust was launched in the middle of June and has already been inundated with donations, amassing more than £4,500.
The trust has a target of raising £15,000 and trustee Clare Satchwell believes another two big donations expected this week will put the kitty over £7,500.
The £15,000, which the trust hopes to raise by August, will be added to the £5,000 donated from Virgin tycoon Richard Branson.
Branson, a keen kitesurfer, has spoken of his affection for Hayling Island and his desire to get the ferry back in action.
Mrs Satchwell explained the trust is now launching a new moneyspinner to involve local businesses.
She said: ‘The next thing we are doing is launching the Hayling Ferry 100.
‘We are looking for 100 small businesses to give us £100.
‘They will have something to put in their shop window and a certificate to say that they got the ferry back.’
‘We will make sure they are promoted on social media.’
Mrs Satchwell said the response so far to the fundraising had been superb.
‘I have been going to lots of events and meeting lots of people,’ she said.
‘Overwhelmingly, everyone is desperate for the ferry to come back. The response has been hugely positive.’
The ferry vessel is due to undergo its second safety check this week. Mrs Satchwell hopes the boat will back in action by the start of the summer holidays.
To make a pledge to the ferry trust, visit Facebook and search for The Hayling Ferry Trust.