Raising funds for local charities
Every year we raise thousands for local charities
You help us to help local charities
As well as the collecting tins for the RNLI and local independent lifeboats that we have on our reception desks, we also raise thousands for charities throughout the year.
Each spring our fitter colleagues and friends don their lycra and pedal 100 miles from one of our marinas. In 2017 they took-in Portland and Weymouth marinas and the surprisingly hilly Dorset countryside, and in 2018 they started from Haslar and headed west to Deacons before climbing the Downs and returning to Haslar. The ride was in aid of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's Secrets of the Solent project, raising funds to monitor the local seal population.
Our annual marina summer parties are great fun, and a fantastic way to raise money for charity. Although we charge for tickets, every penny goes to the charities, which are nominated by the marina staff and berth holders. This summer our charities are Sullivan's Heroes, Gosport Sea Cadets, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Sailability (Cowes and Chesil), National Coastwatch Institution, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Care.
Sullivan's Heroes is a charity set-up by Haslar berth holders Richard and Fiona Smith and named for their son Sullivan. The charity provides financial grants and fundraising support to families funding vital home adaptations for a disabled child, to adapt their homes to meet the child’s care and health requirements, and continue to care for their child at home, safely and with dignity.
Gosport Sea Cadets have been supported for many years by the Haslar Marina staff and berth holders and is a great way for local children to get afloat. Last year's party donation paid for a new Zest dinghy.
Sailability is a superb charity with local branches across the country. We've supported the Cowes and Chesil branches for a number of years, helping them to get disabled adults and children out on the water in keelboats and motorboats.
National Coastwatch Institution is a voluntary organisation that provides visual watch from 50 stations around our coast. There are local stations at Portsmouth, Calshot, Lee-on-the-Solent, The Needles, Swanage, St Alban's Head and Portland Bill.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation helps to get young people experiencing watersports, whatever their background or ability.