Online voting has officially opened to the public to decide which of the 3 finalists will become Red Funnel’s 2022 Charity of the Year.

Red Funnel colleagues have already had their say and shortlisted 3 worthy candidates: Young Lives Vs Cancer, Royal National Institute of Blind People and Independent Arts.

The public now has until Tuesday, January 25 midnight to visit and submit their vote for the charity they would like Red Funnel to support this year.

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Fran Collins, Managing Director of Red Funnel, said:

“We are delighted to announce the opening of our voting for Charity of the Year to the public. This year marks the eighth year that we have offered the Charity of the Year program. During this time we have worked with some great charities and can’t wait to welcome our next one on board.

“The last 18 months have been particularly challenging and have made fundraising for charities more difficult than ever, so it is more important than ever to play our part in supporting charities that impact our community. local. Regardless of the outcome of this year’s vote, we look forward to supporting the public’s choice and helping to make a difference in 2022.”

Independent Arts

Independent Arts is a small Isle of Wight charity which for 35 years has been tackling loneliness and vulnerability through quality arts programmes. They support Islanders aged 4 to 104, working with dozens of professional artists and volunteers to bring music, song, storytelling, photography and all kinds of visual or performance art to where they live. are most needed.

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The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have been supporting residents of the Isle of Wight for over 7 years. Their Dedicated Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) is based at St Mary’s Hospital and is there every step of the way for Isle of Wight residents who need help. Providing vital emotional and practical support, ECLO means no one has to face sight loss alone on the Isle of Wight. However, with the impact of the pandemic, the eye clinic now has the longest wait times in the country for an appointment, meaning many patients will have suffered preventable and irreversible vision loss or damage. in their view.

Young lives against cancer

If selected, the funds raised will go a long way to helping Young Lives vs Cancer support children and young people with cancer in their families on the Isle of Wight. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it threatens everything for him and his family. For families facing this on the Isle of Wight, that means treatment at the nearest specialist hospital, Southampton General Hospital, where the body’s Young Lives vs Cancer social care team is based charitable. They provide expert, tailored support to help families going through all that cancer throws their way.

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