All Aboard for Cancer Support

A popular fundraiser for Manx Breast Cancer Support has been given a bubbly twist and is already sold out.

The charity has organised a number of gin train events and tickets for its first Champagne Train on June 5, which is sponsored by investment services company Ravenscroft, quickly sold out. Will Corrin, Director of Ravenscroft Isle of Man, said the champagne train was one of a number of events and sponsorships that the company, which opened an office in the Isle of Man in September, had committed to in 2021.

He added: ‘Manx Breast Cancer Support has achieved so much for breast cancer patients and their families in the Isle of Man,” he said. “Everyone involved with the charity is driven to provide the best possible service and we are delighted to be able to help by funding the Champagne Train. It’s a pleasure for Ravenscroft to be able to support such a fun-filled event after the island’s lockdowns, when it has been so difficult for charities to fundraise.’

After enjoying a glass of pink champagne on the platform at Douglas Railway Station, guests will board the steam train for a return trip to Castletown. A three-course dinner and wine will be served en route. Ravenscroft’s sponsorship means that all proceeds will go to Manx Breast Cancer Support for their work on enhancing the treatment and care of people with breast cancer on the Isle of Man.

Julie Stokes of Manx Breast Cancer Support Group added: ‘We are thrilled to have Ravenscroft supporting us on this event. We continue to work to ensure our Breast Unit is of the highest standard so sponsors are very important to us as their support allows us to use the proceeds of these events to help improve the pathway for breast cancer patients. Every penny we raise stays on the island.’

Business Support Children’s Centre

At the start of 2021 The Children’s Centre applied for funding through the Tesco Community Funding

Programme ‘Bags of Life’. The Children’s Centre were delighted to have their application approved and a grant of £1,000 was awarded to purchase a multi bike trailer.

However, the financial cost of having the trailer shipped to the Isle of Man was significant. After discussions with both Tesco Isle of Man and Graylaw International, the trailer was shipped over at no cost to the charity.

The purchase enables the Children’s Centre to take groups of up to eight around the island’s brilliant and varied mountain bike trails, replacing the older, ill-fitting trailer which had started to cause damage to the fleet of bikes. It has been used numerous times already in the past two weeks and is certainly a hit with the children, allowing them to explore their own capabilities alongside their surroundings.

Kieran Stoutt from The Children’s Centre said: ‘Mountain Biking is one of our key activities. It provides opportunities to develop our client’s physical and mental agility whilst exploring new corners of our beautiful Island. It also allows our facilitators to use the power of metaphor in our work; If you want the fun, fast downhill, you have to put the work in to get to the top in the first place. It’s the same in life! This trailer allows us to do all this with more young people, thus introducing a further outcome of shared mutual experience. It also enables us to travel further afield, to harder tracks, allowing that personal development and challenge to continue un-impinged. It also reduces the added cost of fixing bikes which were broken by our previous trailer. On behalf of the young people we work alongside, I’d like to thank Tesco and Graylaw for their support in this matter. It truly demonstrates the power of partnership’

Catriona Joins the Board

Tech firm PDMS has announced the appointment of Catriona Watt to the board of Directors.

In her role as Chief Commercial Officer, Catriona is responsible for driving the commercial strategy of PDMS overseeing business development and client relationships. Catriona joined PDMS in 2008 and has held various roles across the organisation gaining in-depth insight into the different parts of PDMS’ business. Most recently she has led its Business Development and Account Management team

Catriona commented: ‘Throughout my 13-year career in PDMS, I have had the opportunity to grow and develop professionally. It is a great honour and privilege to be invited to join the board at PDMS and I am looking forward to inputting into the strategic future of the company.’

Dominic Cummings

If you’ve been living under a rock, you may have missed that Boris Johnson’s former aide has appeared in front of a select committee at Westminster today. Among various other topics, Cummings told the committee that the UK gov didn’t take Covid seriously and likened it to chicken pox, that Health Secretary Matt Hancock should’ve been sacked for lying and that Boris Johnson is ‘unfit’ to be Prime Minister.


Two retired police officers and an ex-solicitor accused of altering police statements after the Hillsborough disaster have been acquitted.  Retired Ch Supt Donald Denton, retired Det Ch Insp Alan Foster and former solicitor Peter Metcalf had denied perverting the course of justice. Mr Justice William Davis ruled they had no case to answer.

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the disaster, said the ruling was ‘an absolute mockery’ and ‘ a shambles’.  She added: ‘We’re always the losers no matter what the outcome today.’  Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of the crush at the FA Cup semi-final match at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on 15 April 1989.

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