Wightfibre presents UKSA with money raised from December’s Star Wars event

By Zoe Hyett

The force was strong for the WightFibre Charity Premiere of Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi in aid of UKSA, which took place at Cineworld, Newport to a capacity audience of 292 VIP Guests on the film’s release back in December.

This week, John Irvine – CEO of WightFibre presented Ben Willows – CEO of UKSA, with a cheque for £4,548 alongside two Stormtroopers from the 501st Isle of Wight Garrison, in front of the Princess Leia Dinghy at UKSA’s base in Cowes (pictured)..

UKSA said they will be using the latest donation from Wightfibre to fund their Year Six ‘Test the Water’ programme; an initiative now in its fourth year that offers children from across the Isle of Wight the opportunity to spend half a day at UKSA with their school, taking part in a sailing or watersports session.

Ben Willows said:

“We are so lucky to have the support of WightFibre to help us keep running this fantastic programme and to continue to make a real difference to young people on the Isle of Wight. We have worked with WightFibre for many years and they provide us with a huge amount of support.”

This is the second time that WightFibre has held a Charity Premiere in aid of UKSA. The previous event in December 2015 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens raised just over £3,000 for the charity

John Irvine expressed his gratitude for the support that the event has received:

“It was a great evening, very well attended, something unique and fun that allows us to give back to the Island community. To be able to raise even more than before was amazing and really helps us to support the important work of UKSA and in turn children from across the Island.”