BUSINESSES in Emsworth have raised vital cash with a 30th anniversary charity ball.
The Emsworth Business Association (EBA) helped the Wheelyboat Trust celebrate its milestone at the Brookfield Hotel.
The ball raised more than £3,500 in aid of the JQD project, which provides a wheelchair-accessible boat for use around the harbour.
Giles Babb, chairman of the EBA, said: “This year’s ball was a great success and we are honoured to host the ball in aid of such a great charitable cause.
“The local community support has been fantastic and with the help of the auction run by John Cameron, the raffle and dinner table games, we raised a staggering £3,500 to help fund more trips out on the water.”
Businesses including Chilgrove Gin, Innovations Fitness, The Blue Bell and The Rhubarb Tree all helped raise the cash to support the work of the trust.
Ian McCoy, skipper of the JQD, said: “The support of the local community and the EBA have been testament to the thriving coastal town of Emsworth supporting our small but important local charity.”
The JQD project is a joint venture between Thorney Island’s army welfare service, Thorney Island Sailing Club and the Wheelyboat Trust and was formally launched in June, 2012. The boat is named the John Q Davis after the Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s manager and harbourmaster who passed away in 2010.
It has funded, supplied and equipped a wheelchair-accessible Mk IV Wheelyboat for use in and around Chichester Harbour for the benefit of individuals, families, groups and organisations seating up to 12 passengers, including four wheelchair users.