Over £4,000 has been donated to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity from the generous crowds at the 2016 Barclays Jersey Boat Show and supported by matched funding from Barclays.

Most of the money was raised at the ‘Hook a Duck’ game at the Barclays stand, which this year featured a ‘rainbow’ duck created by ten-year-old Holly Freitas who won last year’s design a duck competition.

Supporting local causes

Mind Jersey was the principal lead charity at the show this year and as such netted a valuable £13,477 toward its cause. Mind Jersey is an independent local charity that provides support to people living with a mental illness.

£17,577 was raised overall making this the highest sum collected at the Show since Barclays’ sponsorship began.

The Barclays Jersey Boat Show took place in and around St Helier Marina over the bank holiday weekend of 29 April to 2 May.

Royal Navy presence

Over 35,000 people attended the Boat Show, enjoying perfect weather conditions and a busy programme of events. In the Barclays tent visitors were able to find out more about the Bank’s Life Skills, Accessibility, Digital Eagles and Code Playground initiatives which aim to improve people’s employment and digital skills.

Paul Savery, Managing Director of Barclays in Jersey said: “Once again the Boat Show was fantastic and enjoyed by all. Credit must go to the organisers, the Royal Navy for their outstanding support and also to everyone who attended for making it such a special event. It is especially pleasing to have raised such a great sum for Mind Jersey and assist them with raising the awareness of their work.

“We are also pleased with the interest we received in our community initiatives such as Life Skills, Accessibility, and Code Playground and to be able to meet so many islanders and talk to them about improving their digital skills.”