We believe in playing our part in the wider role of supporting good causes within our community. We support a diverse range of organisations and events that, like our network of bus services, are part of the fabric of Island life.
Blue Light Day | CrimeStoppers | Safe Drive, Stay Alive | The Earl Mountbatten Hospice | Ice Hockey
Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum | Isle of Wight Cricket Board | Island 2000 trust |
Newchurch primary School | Newport FC | Ryde Carnival | Spirit of 100
This annual event brings groups of Middle School children into contact with the emergency services. The Islandâ€™s Fire, Police and Ambulance service provide an assortment of interactive and static displays, where young people can learn and see first hand the work of the emergency services, and the diverse range of incidents they have to deal with. We provide transport to enable students to attend.
Crimestoppers is a national charity whose purpose is to make reporting crime and criminal activities easier. We all benefit from lower crime rates, and a perception of low crime.
Calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous and the information could be vital in stopping potential crime or reporting knowledge of existing crimes. Calls are not recorded and telephone numbers are not captured â€“ the call wonâ€™t appear on your telephone bill â€“ so know one will know you phoned.
We work alongside CrimeStoppers by giving access to our â€œOn Busâ€ information systems to publicise and promote the CrimeStoppers telephone number and are a corporate sponsor of the charity.
We have also given the charity the advertising space on the rear of one of our buses for this stunning promotion of their â€˜Most Wantedâ€™ website, which contains details of some of the UKâ€™s most wanted criminals, helping to make our communities safer places to live.
The Islandâ€™s hospice is our nominated charity, and we work closely with them to provide a range of support across the year.
On a small scale, the interiors of buses explain the work of the charity, while on a slightly bigger scale two of our buses carry full rear advertising for their events and their lottery.
Each year we provide free buses for their magnificent â€˜Walk the Wightâ€™ sponsored walk across the Island. Walk the Wight has long been established itself as the largest annual fund raising event on the Island. This year just under 10,000 people walked the Wight, including 2000 children from 51 Island schools. When final figures are available, it is hoped that last years figure of Â£217,000 will have been exceeded, and money raised will be used for patient care at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice. With thousands of people to move around the Island, this year we provided no less than 27 buses and coaches to help the event reach itâ€™s target.
At Christmas we run our traditional â€˜Christmas Ligthsâ€™ tours by open top bus, and each year we provide some tours specifically to raise funds for the hospice after their moving â€˜Lights of Loveâ€™ services.
We regularly answer the call to provide transport for fundraising events as diverse as taking fundraisers to skydiving jumps and transporting samba bands on our vintage open top bus.
Our Island is lucky enough to have its own ice arena on Ryde Esplanade. We are fortunate to be able to see this fast-moving and hard-hitting game weekly - Ice Hockey is a real thrill to watch! The Island has 3 teams: the Wightlink Raiders, the Island Tigers and the "Island Junior" team which competes across Southern England.
The â€˜Wightlink Raidersâ€™ play in the Engish National League (division 1) and The Island Tigers in the English National League (division 2).
All the teams enjoy a special travel deal with Southern Vectis, and our â€˜Fountain Coachesâ€™ operation carries the teams to their away games across England.
We have been supporters and sponsors of the Bus Museum since it was first established in 1998, funding building works in the early days, and helping in practical ways.
We have just repainted their bus 806 in a new livery, and have donated a retired Leyland Olympian double deck bus.
We support their events by sending along our more interesting vehicles, and from time to time host visits from bus enthusiasts to help raise funds for the Museum.
We have teamed up with the IW Cricket Board to become a sponsor following the opening of their magnificent new ground at Newclose on the outskirts of Newport.
As well as our sponsorship, we have provided minibus driver training to enable more volunteers to drive teams, especially youth teams to games and training courses.
In a partnership with a difference, we joined the Island 2000 Trust to get the Island writing poetry!
Seven of our buses carry short poems created by some of the Islandâ€™s bussing poets, while in a separate competition, Island 2000 Trust launched a competition to create a poem about any of our individually named bus stops. The best poems have been immortalised in plaques at the bus stops they are written about.
Our poem partnership won us an award from â€˜South East Artsâ€™ for their Business in the Community category.
We work with schools to help provide opportunities for young people. In an exciting project, we tasked Newchurch Primary Schoolâ€™s students to create a design to advertise our â€˜Christmas Lights Toursâ€™. The whole school participated, understanding our brief from our first visit, and creating a choice of designs, the best of which was applied to the whole back of one of our double deck buses.
We judged the winner and runners up, putting them on public display in Newport Bus Station, and visited the school again to announce the results. The winners visited our head office and garage to see how we had taken their design and apply it to the bus.
They returned to school on board the bus, where the stunning winning design was unveiled to students, staff and the local media.
Newport FC are the Islandâ€™s best known football team, and they currently compete in the Wessex League across the Southern England.
The teams enjoys a special travel deal with Southern Vectis, and our â€˜Fountain Coachesâ€™ operation carries them to their away games on the Mainland.
Carnivals dominate the Island scene over the summer holiday period and none more so than the biggest of them all. Ryde Carnival is Englandâ€™s oldest surviving carnival, and weâ€™re happy to join in the fun, and support behind the scenes.
Our vehicles take part, with the Ryde Road Train being a regular entrant, disguised in a different theme each year by itâ€™s regular crew. Our open top buses are called upon to carry dignitaries, and our support trucks carry the huge sound systems for visiting bands.
Behind the scenes, we help with transporting bands to the town, and are happy to sponsor the winners cups.
Road deaths among young people represent a tragic waste of life that touches so many in the local community.
We are only too pleased to support the hugely powerful Safe Drive, Stay Alive campaign that is run by a partnership of organisations and individuals each year. Brought together by the Isle of Wight Councilâ€™s Road Safety team, police, paramedics, fire fighters, bereaved parents and NHS staff, they present this deeply moving retake on real life accidents involving young people.
The message is blunt and clear â€“ young people die in traffic accidents each year, and the effects go far beyond the immediate incident. The event brings together students from Island High Schools and College in a passionate attempt to expose to them, the reality of recklessness driving.
Once again, we are deeply committed to helping to prevent these terrible tragedies, and our contribution is to provide the travel to the events for students from their schools and college.
St Thomas's Church, now known as St Thomas's Minster, is the main Anglican church in Newport on the Isle of Wight. It is unusual in being dedicated to both St Thomas the Apostle and St Thomas Becket. Princess Elizabeth of England, daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, is buried in the church.
Our support for the St. Thomas Minster restoration campaign is in the form of subscription based membership of the Islandâ€™s "Spirit of 100" club of Island businesses, and we offer support in varying forms for events on the Island and the mainland.
Travel Safe is a collaboration between the island's transport providers,
Hampshire Constabulary and pupils from Carisbrooke High and Christ the King College, which encourages safe and responsible travel on public transport.
The Travel Safe campaign was initiated by the Isle of Wight Community Rail
Partnership (CRP) which was launched in 2005 and is hosted by the Isle of
Wight Council. The partners work with the community to ensure the public are closely involved with improving passenger transport experience, asking who use it to think safe, be safe, and TravelSafe across the islands public
Students of Carisbrooke High and Christ the King College conceived, filmed
and produced a DVD which is shown at schools across the island, with
students asking transport chiefs and the police how they deal with
inappropriate behaviour from students, and pushing home the message that
public transport must be both for all and safe for all.