Generous visitors to this year’s Barclays Wealth Jersey Boat Show have helped raise a total £5,280.71 for Wessex Cancer Jersey.

Visitors to the event which took place over the first bank holiday in May, kindly donated £2,771.85 directly to the charity over the three-day event while visitors to the Barclays Wealth stand pledged a further £1,254.43 which Barclays Wealth has matched – taking the total raised over the bank holiday weekend to £5,280.71. The money will be put to good use helping island cancer patients and their families.

‘We are delighted to have raised such a significant sum at the Barclays Wealth Jersey Boat Show and we would like to thank everybody involved and those who kindly donated. We are also thrilled to learn that Barclays Wealth has pledged to match every penny raised by the team on its stand throughout the weekend,’ said Colin Burgess, Chairman of Wessex Cancer Jersey.

Few islanders realise the contribution made by the larger Wessex Cancer Trust in the local community. The Trust offers help and advice for islanders who have been diagnosed with cancer and also offers support for families of Jersey residents who are receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital. The Trust also administers a much-needed grants system that helps individuals and their families to cover the costs incurred as a result of illness.

“In Southampton, island patients are provided with free transport to and from their hospital appointments and accommodation, information leaflets and equipment is also provided at Southampton hospital which is funded by the Trust. We set up Wessex Cancer Jersey to support this work a year ago, as we recognised the need for support, not just financial but also emotional, for those suffering from cancer and their families” concluded Mr Burgess.

‘Wessex Cancer Jersey helps to provide an invaluable service to Islanders through financial and emotional support whilst helping to lighten the burden through simple gestures such as taking the island’s children being treated at Southampton Hospital, on days out. We’re delighted to have helped raise a significant sum for the charity through our Barclays Wealth hook-a duck competition over the Boat Show weekend,’ said Richard Corrigan, director, Barclays Wealth.

The fourth annual Barclays Wealth Jersey Boat Show attracted thousands of visitors to the Port of Jersey. Over the three days, visitors flooded down to the marinas to visit boats, sample seafood and Genuine Jersey delights in the Fisherman’s Village, try out their extreme sports skills with Team Extreme and to enjoy the maritime atmosphere.