A wine tasting evening has been hailed a success after £2100 was raised for UKSA, with the money ear-marked to benefit Isle of Wight school children.

100 people attended the evening at Barton Manor, the proprietors of which donated the use of the venue for the evening. Supporters of UKSA enjoyed an evening of sampling fine wines provided by Wight and Wessex Wines and chutneys provided by Pink’s.

The money raised will help fund UKSA’s Test the Water programme – an innovative scheme that gives all Isle of Wight Year 6 children the opportunity to experience the thrill of being on the water during a half-day watersports session at UKSA. During the 2016/17 academic year 1164 students took part in the programme.

Ben Willows, UKSA CEO said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Barton Manor. The evening showed us just how much support and goodwill UKSA has here on the Island, which means a great deal to us particularly as we take on new projects in our 30thAnniversary year.”

Further fundraising events are being held throughout the year to support UKSA’s Sea. Change charitable activities, including the Esplanade Garage Gala on 30th September at Gurnard Pines. Tickets to the Gala are £50 per person and include a three-course meal cooked by Robert Thompson.