An Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Captain has raised £1,200 for a local charity by completing the Parish Walk.

Captain Dermot O’Toole has taken part in the 85-mile walk for the last 15 years. Each year he donates the money raised through sponsorships from his Isle of Man Steam Packet Company colleagues, and a contribution from the Company, to the Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled.

Business Development Manager of the Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled, Chris Berry said: “It is really nice when someone chooses to support your charity in this way and quietly goes about the tough job of fundraising on their own. To say we are grateful to Dermot for his hard work and the fantastic amount of money he raises each year is an understatement, we are truly indebted to him for what he does in supporting people with a disability on the Isle of Man.”

The money raised will be used towards the charity’s day club service, which gives members the opportunity to socialise over lunch in warm and friendly surroundings. As well as providing lunch for up to 25 people every weekday, the club also offers social and recreational activities, which gives caregivers and family members much needed respite.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: “Congratulations to Dermot for all his hard work year after year. Staff at the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company were delighted to support their Captain in raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.”