Passengers on Steam Packet Company sailings during the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling have set a new record for donations to the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club.


Crew on both Manannan and Ben-my-Chree coordinated collections throughout the festival and kind-hearted passengers donated £12,975.91 – the highest total ever.


The money will support the club, which makes a large contribution towards the cost of hiring in the two rescue helicopters required for the Festival of Motorcycling, as well as assisting injured riders and families of those that are lost while competing.


Club Chairman Allan Brew said: ‘On behalf of the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club could I thank the management and crews of the Steam Packet Company for the fantastic total collected this year, as well as all the passengers who kindly donated.


‘The Club celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and over this time has donated almost £800,000 to the Manx Motor Cycle Club to help with the costs of the rescue helicopters, helping injured MGP riders and providing essential medical equipment.


‘The Steam Packet Company’s efforts really do have a direct impact on our ability to support these causes and we thank everyone involved.’


Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added: ‘Once again our passengers have shown just how much support there is for the MGPSC and the work it does. We’re delighted to be able to play our part by coordinating these collections every year and I would like to thank all members of crew and staff involved, as well as everyone who generously donated.’


Photograph: Ben-my-Chree crew member Sandra Fitzgerald and colleagues from both Ben-my-Chree and Manannan present MGPSC Chairman Allan Brew with a cheque for £12,975.91