Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Ferry passengers donate thousands to MGP helicopter fund

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Image caption The two helicopters cost about £100,000 a year to hire for the annual road racing event

Ferry passengers travelling to the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling raised a "record-breaking" £8,000 for the Manx Grand Prix Supporter's Club.

The money helps fund rescue helicopters, support injured riders and fund vital medical equipment during the road racing event.

Club chairman Andrew Kneen said he was "extremely grateful to everyone who donated so generously."

The annual collection is organised by Ben-my-Chree and Manannan crew members.

'200mph speeds'

According to the Steam Packet company the collections have raised more than £750,000 since they began in 1975.

Two rescue helicopter ambulances are used during the festival's practice and race days, both of which are funded by public donations.

The two helicopters cost about £100,000 a year to hire for the event, which is held around the Isle of Man TT course and sees riders reach speeds of up to 200mph on closed roads.

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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