Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Festival of Motorcycling: Record donations to helicopter fund

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Image caption The event, held on the TT course, sees riders reach speeds of up to 200mph on closed roads

Ferry passengers travelling to the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling have "smashed" the record for donations to the Manx Grand Prix Supporters' Club.

Those attending the two-week event donated £12,975 - about £2,500 more than in 2015, the previous highest.

Club chairman Andrew Kneen said the money will help fund rescue helicopters, support injured riders and fund vital medical equipment.

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

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

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 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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