Fundraising and Events
There have been a number of events to fundraise and raise our profile.
On 30th March 2019, Needles NCI were very pleased to be the nominated charity for the Charity Classic Tractor Pull. The organiser David Lemonius presented a cheque for £250 which will be put towards the purchase of a replacement telescope.
On 4th May 2019 was Yarmouth Harbour Spring Fayre. An information stand was set up and members of Needles NCI chatted to the public about their work in the watchtower.
On 12th -13th May 2019 there was ‘Fun on the Water’ in Cowes with the opportunity to try out various water based activities and participate in a fun NCI game. Participants made a boat with straws, then blew the boat up and down a water filled gutter. Great fun was had by adults and children alike.
On 18th May 2019 Needles NCI had a stand at Riverfest in Newport helping spread the word about the role of Needles NCI.
On 31st May to 2nd June 2019 was the ‘Songs of the Sea’ event in Yarmouth. This three day music and singing event was organised by Chris Waddington and supported by Needles NCI, who organised the car parking, collected donations for the song book and had an information point for the public. The Needles NCI had been nominated as the chosen charity for this year’s event and a total of £1000 was kindly donated by the organisers.
Waitrose Community Matters donation – Needles NCI were very pleased to receive a cheque for £119 from the Waitrose branch in East Cowes.
Cowes Classic Week – 27th July to 2nd August organised by the Royal London Yacht club. Needles NCI supported this 5 day race week both on and off the water. Needles NCI members were on the water assisting in the committee boats and on ribs with all tasks relating to the racing. The now famous afternoon teas were an opportunity for the Needles NCI watchkeepers to mingle with the racers and give information about the National Coastwatch and the role of the Needles watchtower. The total raised during this week will be put towards the purchase of a precision telescope.
In September Needles NCI watch keepers will be in attendance at the NCI information tent at The Southampton Boat Show.