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Working in the Community
Hovertravel have been part of local life in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight for over 48 years. We continue to provide a service to commuters, residents and visitors and are also an employer to local residents - our longest employee was with us until very recently for over 40 years!
We continue to work with the local councils, towns and businesses in order to offer the best deals to our customers, the most sustainable combined travel options and attract new visitors to the destinations either side of the Solent.
As well as focusing on providing the best service, Hovertravel are also keen to give back to the community.
Charities & SponsorshipOver the years we have supported a number of charities, sports teams, and volunteer organisations including:
- Ryde Inshore Rescue
- Brading Town Football Club
- Ryde District Heritage Centre
- Breast Cancer Campaign
- Tom Prince Cancer Trust
- IOW Golf Team
- Island Games
- IOW Diabetes Research
Earl Mountbatten Hospice
We are delighted to support the Earl Mountbatten Hospice as our top charity. Selected unanimously by our staff a few years ago, throughout the year we take part in a variety of activities including Yellow Day, coffee morning, Christmas fundraising and the annual Walk the Wight event. Our aim is to raise as much money and awareness of this incredible charity.
The Earl Mountbatten Hospice is an independent charity providing comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for people living with and dying from a life-limiting illness. Earl Mountbatten Hospice provides a range of services to patients and families. The Earl Mountbatten Hospice, while receiving a grant of a third of its running costs, still relies on the generosity of the public to raise over £2million each year to allow them to provide the services for which we are renowned.
Hovertravel are proud supporters of Walk the Wight by adding extra early morning services to the timetable to allow Mainland walkers to travel across the Solent, giving discounts to Mainland walkers & also by participating in the walk with a team called HoverWalkers.
Walk the Wight is the Hospice's biggest fundraising event of the year, with up to 12,000 people taking part across the four different walks and through the Schools Walk the Wight scheme. Walk the Wight has evolved over the years and there are now four walks to choose from, there is the original Main Walk of 26.5 miles from Bembridge to the Needles at Alum Bay. There is the 12.5 mile stretch between the start at Bembridge to our checkpoint at Carisbrooke, and the 14 mile stomp from Carisbrooke to the finish at Alum Bay. There is also the very popular Flat Walk, an approximately 8 miles long walk from Sandown Bay Academy to Thompson's Trees, Shide, Newport, mainly along flat cycle-tracks which used to be the old railway line. These are gravelled paths, suitable for robust wheelchairs and baby-buggies, but not mobility scooters. This is an excellent introduction to Walk the Wight for families and other people who may not be comfortable taking on the hills of the main walk.