A care home in Hythe, Hampshire has been helping a local campaign to save the village’s ferry service to Southampton, which has been badly affected by restrictions during the pandemic.
Staff and residents at West Cliff Hall Care Home decided they wanted to do something to help the campaign. They organised a raffle, selling tickets at the care home and on a market stall in the village on 27th April, where they sold raffle tickets.
The raffle raised £585, and a cheque was presented by West Cliff Hall’s residents and staff to campaign organiser Ashleigh Mutimear, who was accompanied by parish councillor Allan Fairhead.
Lisa Sellens, West Cliff Hall’s manager says: “We were looking for ways to become more closely involved in our local community. Everyone really wanted to help with the ferry campaign as many of our residents have fond memories of using the service over the years and seeing some of the great liners in Southampton Docks on their journeys.
“From West Cliff Hall’s garden, you can see the ferry making its regular crossings, but sadly, the pandemic has meant the service has had to stop and they need to raise tens of thousands of pounds to get it started again.”
Lisa adds: “We were delighted with the response to the raffle especially when we ran our market stall in Hythe where we met so many people and made many new friends. Thank you to all those who bought tickets and the local companies who donated the fantastic prizes.”