Supporting the Red Cross

As many of our readers will recall, we recently paid a visit to Ballakermeen to meet teacher Amy Shelton and her tutor group who have raised over £1,200 to benefit the people of Ukraine.

Not content with their work so far, the group is holding a fathers’ day raffle on June 17. The groups has amazing prizes including prizes from Apeman, Lazer Mayhem, Ny Cassyn Reflexology, POP balloons and party supplies, Onchan Pleasure Park, Sarah Birtles Photography, Morrison Photos, Java Express, The Terrace Chippy, Masala Zone, Starbucks, Dominos, The Motor Museum, The Co-op, Oscars, Andreas Meat Co, Manx Whippy Ice Cream Van, Sea Kayaking Isle of Man and Pepsi Max Bowl. Tickets are £1 and are available from Ballakermeen High School reception.

Before then, Mrs Shelton is taking a plunge and will spend Saturday morning doing a sponsored dip this weekend in the sea off Peel. She will be taking the plunge at 10am and you can either go down not he day to support her or donate to the fundraiser by clicking here.

RNLI Donations

The island’s lifeboat services have recently benefitted from some brilliant fundraising efforts which will help volunteers with their key objective, saving lives at sea.

Douglas RNLI recently welcomed Martin Whittaker to receive a £1,500 donation which was raised by selling RNLI flag badges.

The volunteers said: ‘The incredible difference that donations like these make, are amazing. A huge thank you to Martin for giving your time and effort to help support the Island’s RNLI stations. 🇮🇲 And to those looking to fundraise in anyway, please get in touch we would love to hear from you, our local community support is incredibly important to us!’

Meanwhile, Port St Mary’s volunteers have received a £349 donation from Chad Wilby, Mens Captain of Port St Mary Golf Club. The money was raised from his Captains Drive In. The station said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Chad to the station to meet some of our volunteer crew members and to accept his very generous donation.’

Jessie J

The Big Stage @ 1886 saw it’s first headline concert last night with Jessie J putting on a brilliant performance, much to the delight of the packed out crowd including local acting sensation Joe Locke. 

Coming on stage to a rapturous welcome from the Manx crowd, Jessie performed a selection of her biggest hits as well as some newer material. But one lucky fan was given the memory of a lifetime when Jessie spotted her at the front of the crowd and passed down to her the hoop earrings she was wearing. Clutching them tightly, 7-year-old Naomi Smith said afterwards it was the best day of her life with a smile that’s not likely to fade for quite some time.

DK Photography

By the end of a non-stop high energy 90 minute performance, the excited crowd were still in full voice, singing along to favourites like Bang Bang, Price Tag and Domino, chanting Jessie’s name as she thanked them for giving her such an amazing welcome to the Island.   

New for 2022 the Big Stage brings some of the biggest names in UK entertainment to the Island during two weeks of back to back performances. With the likes of Jessie J, Rag n Bone Man, The Darkness, James Bay and Becky Hill, Fun Lovin Criminal, Madness and the specially named Boomtown “Longtails” the line up ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Credit to: Steve Babb Photography and DKPhotography.