The Jubilee

Live at Home, which supports isolated adults on the island, threw a tea party for its members to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in a marquee in the grounds of the Fun Farm, Onchan.

The celebratory event was attended by the Guvnor Sir John Lorimer and Lady Lorimer. Over 100 members of Live at Home from all over the island came together in outfits fit for a Queen and toasted her Majesty’s historic 70 year reign. Members were entertained by guitarist Sean Crossley, with many taking to the dance floor.

Mrs Jackie Bridson, the CEO of Live at Home, said: ‘This event has been planned for some time and has benefitted from the kind support of Manx Telecom’s Community Fund. It has been a wonderful and joyful occasion and the smiles and laughter illustrated perfectly the positive impact of getting people together in a social setting.’

UCM Get’s Creative

University College Isle of Man’s (UCM) students have put their painting skills to the test in this year’s ‘Big Splash’ fundraiser to raise money for Hospice Isle of Man.

The 12-week trail will see three UCM decorative dolphins displayed at various indoor locations around the island, amongst a pod of over 40 other dolphin calf sculptures, all painted by island schools and educational groups. 

Each dolphin design is represented by the students’ course areas or interests; UCM’s Health and Social Care students have taken inspiration from bright colours and early years education with their ‘Dolly Diploms’ design which is located in Strand Street Hospice Shop.

The Foundation Learning students’ dolphin is called ‘Diversity’, and incorporates natural blue sea themed colours with additional overlayed images such as stars and symbols to represent the diversity of the group. Their calf is based in the Villa Marina foyer.

The Prison Education students’ dolphin, which is entitled ‘Life is a puzzle’, is placed in Salmon Lake, Laxey, and has been covered in jigsaw pieces containing some of the student’s favourite artistic motifs.

Jesamine Kelly, UCM Principal, said: ‘We are very proud to be a part of this year’s Hospice ‘Big Splash’, helping to raise money for such an important local charity, whilst encouraging our students to be creative and work together. Having studied art at UCM, I was very eager to get involved with this fun and creative fundraising event. Our students have dedicated many hours, working collaboratively to produce some brilliant designs. We are all very excited for the public to see their designs.’

Walk For Charities0

Standard Bank Isle of Man colleagues have taken part in a Memorial Walk Challenge in memory of employees Simon Nuttall and Martin Devereau, who sadly passed away in 2021.

The challenge saw many supportive Standard Bank employees walk over 855 kilometres in total, with each employee challenged to walk 10km across a weekend – with the aim to raise £1 per km. A group walk also took place where employees and members of Simon’s and Martin’s families completed a section of the Old Douglas to Peel Railway Line.

Employees raised £1,877.10 which was matched £ for £ by Standard Bank, bringing the total amount to £3,754.20. The funds were split equally and donated to Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man and the Isle of Man Woodland Trust; charities chosen by Simon’s and Martin’s families.

Chris Till, Chief Executive Officer at Standard Bank Isle of Man, said: ‘It has been incredible to see so many Standard Bank employees take part in the Memorial Walk Challenge in honour of Simon and Martin. The walk seemed a fitting way to remember them – both having worked with us for many years. Martin and Simon are still very much missed, and it was overwhelming to see so many staff support either by walking, undertaking their own challenge or even those that couldn’t take part, by generously donating to the fund raising.’