Call to enter Wight Challenge event in bid to raise £25,000 for charities

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Teams are invited to enter the final Wightlink Wight Challenge event and help reach the organiser’s £250,000 fundraising target.

The event has run for 12 years under the sponsorship of Wightlink Ferries but the final one will be on September 17. Teams of three cycle 19 miles, canoe two miles and run eight miles on the Isle of Wight in aid of Wessex Heartbeat, Sail 4 Cancer, and The Rainbow Centre.

Sam Woodman of Wightlink and the event organisers Joanna Minchin and Claire Critchison, recently handed over a cheque for £19,538 to the three chosen charities.

Lizette van Niekerk, fundraising manager at Sail 4 Cancer said: ‘The sad loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman to cancer reminds us how prevalent the disease is in our community. It has a devastating effect on the patients and their families and each year we receive more requests from families in desperate need of a break.

‘We urgently need more fundraisers to support us in raising more funds to help these families and hope that teams from all over the region will sign up for the last Wightlink Wight Challenge this year.’

Prizes will be awarded to the team which has raised the most. For more information and to register go to wightchallenge.co.uk or call 07790 401036. Entry is £50 per person and a minimum of £100 sponsorship per person is requested which will be split equally between the three charities.