Armada Festival donates £5,000 to Hayling Island First Responders

Following the success of the 2018 Kitesurfing Armada Festival earlier this month, festival organisers were back on Hayling Island yesterday to present a £5,000 cheque from funds raised at the event to their chosen charity the Hayling Island First Responders.

Head of the Council, Michael Wilson, attended the presentation on behalf of Havant Borough Council, who have been a big support to the festival since it first took place in 2013.

Councillor Wilson said: ‘I was delighted that HBC were able to support the Kitesurfing Armada again this year. This fantastic event showcases Hayling Island as a water sports destination. The long weekend provided an opportunity for children from local schools to learn about wind energy, the environment and get involved with an exciting sport. A significant sum was raised for Hayling First Responders, a deserving charity, literally a life saver for many Islanders. I look forward to next year!’

Members of the Hayling Island First Responders Team and Chris Bull (CBK Kiteboarding / Armada Trust), Dan Charlish (Armada Trust) and Michael Wilson (Head of Havant Borough Council)

Phil Pritchard of the Hayling Island First Responders said: ‘We were proud to be selected to support such a special community event, and to be named as a chosen charity was amazing. The £5000 raised will be set aside towards a new car which we have to purchase every five years. With no NHS funding we rely solely on donations to keep going. We are well supported on the island, and with such a huge donation this makes the goal a lot more achievable.  Thank you to Dan and all the islanders for supporting the event and supporting us.’

Festival organiser Dan Charlish said: ‘The Armada Festival was founded on charity fundraising and it will always be a key part of the event. We love coming to Hayling Island and we are grateful for the support we get from the local community and the council. Giving back to local charities is important to us, and we are delighted to have been able to help the First Responders in a small way.’

Phil Pritchard of Hayling Island First Responders presents Dan Charlish with a thank you gift for the fundraising efforts

Over 7,000 people registered to attend the free festival this year, the biggest to date. A total of £8,300 was raised from collections at the gate (£2,323) and other fundraising initiatives throughout the festival. The Kitesurfing Armada returns to Hayling next year between 21-23 June 2019.

To find out more about the event see: www.kitesurfingarmada.com