The Isle of Wight is all about community

Community spirit can be found in the rural and urban areas on the Isle of Wight. We’ve gathered together stories that explicitly focus on the Island’s community to share with you.

They might be about a new volunteering scheme, charitable event or grants for local groups. If you have some community information you’d like to share with our readers, get in touch.

Don’t miss the brilliant Easter Saturday Yarmouth duck races

The George's decorated Duck:

There'll be 1,000 ducks racing along the River Yar on Saturday afternoon, and some of them will be beautifully decorated. Don't miss it!

Friday, 18th April, 2014 11:11am

By Sally Perry

Enjoy The Hambrough’s spring themed lunch whilst supporting local charity

Hambrough - dessert

After a successful debut event last October, The Hambrough will be hosting their second fine dining fundraising lunch at speech and language school, St Catherine’s in Ventnor on 18th May 2014.

Thursday, 17th April, 2014 3:06pm

By Susan Graves

Have you got an Easter Bunny costume you can lend to the Hospice?

Easter Bunny Costume

None of the costume hire shops are willing to donate the costume for the day, so the Hospice are hoping that OnTheWight readers might be able to help.

Tuesday, 15th April, 2014 12:30pm

By Sally Perry

Friends launch 1,000 signatures in 100 days petition to Save Frank James

Frank James Hospital:

The petition calling on the Isle of Wight council to serve a Statutory Repairs Notice on the owners of the former Frank James Memorial Hospital in East Cowes has already gathered over 500 signatures online.

Monday, 14th April, 2014 8:31am

By Tanja Rebel with 4 readers' comments

Karen’s 240 mile cycle ride in memory of dad, Alan Webb

Karen Smith;

The cycle challenge that Karen is taking part in will see her cycle from London to Paris in September.

Thursday, 10th April, 2014 10:44am

By Sally Perry

Sue’s campaign to help others starts at Northwood House exhibition

Avah Flynn and Sue Standish Murphy

Isle of Wight artist, Sue Standish Murphy, has donated two paintings to the fundraising exhibition in aid of the MND Association later this month. She'll continue her campaign of fundraising throughout the summer.

Wednesday, 9th April, 2014 8:59am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Find out how to donate a raffle prize for charity ball

Prince and Princesses

Prizes for the raffle are needed to help raise money for five child-focused fundraising campaigns. Do you have something you can donate?

Tuesday, 8th April, 2014 5:42pm

By Michaela White

Air Ambulance to start carrying blood on board all flights

Air Ambulance

In keeping with their commitment to provide a path of continuous development, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have announced that they are to begin carrying blood on board all flights.

Tuesday, 8th April, 2014 4:25pm

By Sherie Williams Ellen

Arts Centre thanks Island musician for Solent swim fundraiser

Doug Alldred

Quay Arts thanks Island-based musician Doug Alldred for choosing Quay Arts as one of his chosen charities to benefit from his fund raising sponsored swim across The Solent.

Tuesday, 8th April, 2014 9:41am

By Ceri Mason

Local support group offers help for those with Spina Bifida

If you know someone who is affected by either Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus do let them know about this brilliant support group.

Monday, 7th April, 2014 11:23am

By Sally Perry

One click from you will help Kim win a new kitchen for her Mum

Kim Evans Ventnor:

Kim dreams of winning a kitchen for her Mum that she'd be proud of. At the moment her kitchen is falling to pieces.

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 8:58am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

16 hour run around the Island planned to raise money for vital local service

Citizens Advice Bureau sign:

We often hear about people walking around the Isle of Wight to raise money, but Lee Hodgson will attempt to run around it in 16 hours later this year.

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 8:34am

By Sally Perry