GENEROUS islanders have helped Barclays Wealth to raise £1,544.85 for local charity, Channel Islands Air Search at last weekend’s Jersey Boat Show.

Sponsors of the Jersey Boat Show, Barclays Wealth, hosted one of the busiest stalls at the annual event which has been hailed a success by local marine related businesses. However, the main attraction on the stand wasn’t the products on offer by the UK’s largest wealth manager, it was the charity hook a duck competition!

Carol Bisson, Head of Local Markets, Barclays Wealth Jersey and Friends of Channel Islands Air Search Committee Member, said she was taken aback at the support the charity game received from visitors of all ages.

‘Our team is delighted with the response received from the public to our charity hook a duck. There were some great Barclays Premier League goodies on offer, including a signed football and Sunderland AFC football shirt, several Man of the Match Champagne magnums in addition to umbrellas, caps, compasses, binoculars and shopping bags, not forgetting our branded ducks which seemed to find their way all over the show through out the three days. With over a thousand participants we have raised a significant sum for our chosen charity.

‘Everyone I met at the event seemed to have a great time despite the cool conditions. I am delighted to say it was a huge community success and as a Channel Islands Air Search representative, I’d like to thank everyone for their support!’

Channel Islands Air Search is a voluntary organisation that was formed thirty years ago for the primary purpose of assisting in the saving of lives at sea. It is a rapid response service, which offers extensive search and limited rescue services through the organisation’s aircraft which is often called upon to assist the coast guard, local lifeboats, helicopters and other rescue boats. It operates its invaluable service in the 4,000 square miles of water surrounding the Channel Islands and is involved in 30 to 40 call outs every year.

The service and its aircraft, Lion’s Pride, cost over £75,000 per year to run and is dependent upon public subscription and fundraising in order to survive. The Friends of Air Search in the four main Channel Islands are responsible for much of the fundraising and do a brilliant job raising money for new equipment and running costs.