Gef’s Daily Roundup

The Big 30

Not even going to apologise for it, Breast Cancer Now’s Snaefell Sleepover, which we’ve mentioned several times this week, has now passed the £30,000 mark in its fundraising efforts.

Organiser Angie Aire told us earlier this week that the charity wanted to hit £30,000 to mark 30 years of fundraising on the Isle of Man.

Having hit that figure, let’s put a final push to see how much higher it can.

You can donate to the fundraiser here:

The Wall

We’ve all seen it, the damaged wall on Quarterbridge Road in Douglas which was caused by story weather and heavy rain.

Well this Sunday the DoI has said the road will be going one way to allow for the wall to be repaired.

The DoI said: ‘Following investigations undertaken on behalf of the owner, the Department has been informed that it has been established that it will be necessary to demolish and rebuild the wall (including sections of the wall either side of the collapse). The owner’s insurer has appointed a contractor to do the works, which will be undertaken in two stages.

‘Firstly the wall will be demolished and a temporary hoarding erected. This work will take place on Sunday 22 May. It is necessary to provide a safe working area in order to protect the contractor’s staff and the public during the demolition. To do this Quarterbridge Road will temporarily be made one way for the day, from the direction of Quarterbridge roundabout to a point just north of the junction with Alexander Drive. This will be in place from 9.30am until no later than 10pm. The road will revert to two way traffic as soon as works are complete. The hoarding will be painted white to reduce its visual impact.’

Cake Bake

Nice little post from Isle of Man Creamery which held a cake bake today for Isle Listen as part of mental health awareness week. The Creamery said: ‘Everyone was invited to come and have some cake and a coffee from the lovely Barista Express and stay for a chat with their colleagues. We all had a lovely morning and raised over £200 for Isle Listen in the process.’

New Mayor

The island’s capital has a new Mayor, with Councillor Janet Thommeny being unanimously supported by members earlier today. Council Leader Claire Wells, described her Council colleague as a ‘hardworking, honest, caring member of the community’ and someone whose friendship and valued opinions could be relied upon.

Councillor Thommeny trained as a nurse in Fife and spent much of her early career in the mental health profession in Dunfermline before moving to take up a new career opportunity in the Isle of Man 32 years ago. After retiring from nursing, she was first elected to the Council in 2016 and re-elected last summer where she topped the poll in North Ward.

The causes she has selected for the 2022-23 charity appeal are IsleListen, Heroes on the Water and the Search & Rescue Dog Association Isle of Man.