The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group is excited to announce it has now helped to raise more than £100,000 for the incredible Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust – and we couldn’t be prouder.
Over the past four years our generous customers have donated the milestone amount by making a voluntary donation when booking travel through our website.
Since 2019, we have donated a total of £100,397 to the Wildlife Trust, with more than £31,000 being raised so far this year alone.
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is dedicated to keeping Scilly special – managing 700 hectares of land, 85km of paths, 170 scheduled monuments and protecting island wildlife.
Julian Branscombe, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, said: “We’re so grateful for the amazing support from so many of the travellers on Skybus and Scillonian III. This funding is a big part of the lifeblood that enables us to do so much to keep Scilly special.
“Just about everything we do – managing precious natural habitats, saving rare species, undertaking surveys, organising volunteering, clearing footpaths and looking after archaeological sites – is enabled by these wonderful donations. Thank you!”
Each year the Steamship Group gives back around £1 million to the local community, supporting a huge range of groups, good causes, sporting events, subsidised travel for island residents, medical flights and off-island freight.
Stuart Reid, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is a wonderful charity whose mission is close to the hearts of all at the Steamship Group – and we are delighted our customers feel the same.
“We know our passengers are attracted to the islands because of their unspoilt beauty and natural wonder and we want to thank them once again for their generosity in helping us to raise such a meaningful amount of money.”
We introduced the same method of support for The Island Haven, a charity aiming to provide a place to stay on the mainland for islanders undergoing medical treatment, in October 2021. The current fundraising total has topped £21,000.
The Island Haven will provide a “home from home” near the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for the use of islanders and visitors to Scilly when they need it most.
They may need a place to stay during prolonged outpatient treatment, or their family, friends or carer may need a place to stay to accompany their loved ones.