Thanks to gen­er­ous IOMSPC trav­ellers

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Col­lec­tions on board sail­ings to the Isle of Man dur­ing the 2017 TT Fes­ti­val raised a record £19,465 for the Rob Vine Fund. Since the Steam Packet Com­pany first in­sti­gated the col­lec­tion, a to­tal in ex­cess of £255,000 has been do­nated to the fund, which was es­tab­lished in mem­ory of Rob Vine, a com­peti­tor who died af­ter a crash at the Black Dub dur­ing the 1985 Se­nior TT. It is a vol­un­tary char­ity that pro­vides pre-hos­pi­tal med­i­cal and res­cue care, equip­ment and train­ing of medics for a num­ber of mo­tor­sport events held in the Is­land. The cheque was pre­sented to Dr David Stevens, founder of the Rob Vine Fund. David said: “I am over­whelmed by the in­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity of TT fans. Ev­ery year they demon­strate fan­tas­tic sup­port for the Fund, but the to­tal do­nated in 2017, which has smashed the pre­vi­ous record, has as­ton­ished us all. “Ev­ery penny will go to­wards help­ing the fund to con­tinue its im­por­tant work in en­sur­ing vi­tal med­i­cal and res­cue equip­ment is avail­able and medic train­ing con­tin­ues.” Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Wood­ward com­mented: “There is a real sense of com­mu­nity among road rac­ing fans and ev­ery year they dig deep to make a per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion to sup­port the es­sen­tial work the Rob Vine Fund does for the sport.” To find out more about the char­ity, visit www.rob­vine­fund.im

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