Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Manx Grand Prix: Record help for helicopter fund

Image caption The MGP Helicopter Fund relies on donations

Passengers travelling with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have raised nearly £6,390 for the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter Fund.

The total is the highest raised by crew members on board the Ben-my-Chree and Manannan.

Chairman of the MGP Supporters' Club Bob Taylor says it was "extremely grateful" to everyone who donated.

The MGP Helicopter Fund relies totally on donations by the public.

Mr Taylor said: "We are extremely grateful to the crews of both vessels for organising the collection - and, of course, to the travelling public for their incredible generosity."

Two rescue helicopter ambulances are used during the Manx Grand Prix practice weeks and race days.

The helicopters, which have a top speed of 150mph, take an average time of about five to six minutes from the first radio alert to arrive at the scene of an incident.

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