The friends of M.V. Freedom
Friends of M.V. Freedom
Providing access to the sea for people living with disability
To book please call 07974 266867

Fundraising (follow us on Facebook)

The ‘Friends of M.V. Freedom’ are delighted to inform, all of our passengers & supporters that we are raising funds for a new boat.  We request and welcome everyone to get involved with this exciting project. Please see contact details.

Friends of M.V. Freedom, welcome any new ideas and help with fundraising.

Please contact Jill  07810 224773

Every penny raised is spent on the maintenance, running costs and promotion of our boat.


Fundraising events for 2019


Feb Fri 22nd M&S Bucket Shake. We are (charity of the year) for M&S)

March Fri 15th Fun Quiz Night at Weymouth Golf Club – £5.00pp teams of 6 or individuals welcome 19:00 for 19:30 Start BOOKING & Further Info please contact £1,072.61 Raised on the night.
22nd – 24th March Lions Club district Convention (further info. to follow)
March Fri 29th M&S Bucket Shake

April Fri 12th AGM Pilgrim House 7pm all welcome
April Fri 26th M&S Bucket Shake

May 25th / 26th Fayre In The Square
May Fri 31st M&S Bucket Shake

June Wed 5th Swanney Walk
June 15th Primrose Lodge, Annual Summer Fete
June Sat 22nd Sheila’s Town Bucket collection (details to follow)
June Fri 28th M&S Bucket Shake

July Sat 20th Sheila’s Town Bucket collection (details to follow)
July Fri 26th M&S Bucket Shake

Aug 2nd, 3rd & 4th  Wyke Smuggler Beerfest (with local bands – performers)
Aug Sat 3rd Asda bucket collection Kaz Busking supported by ‘Friends of Freedom’
Aug Sat 24th Sheila’s Town Bucket collection (details to follow)
Aug Fri 30th M&S Bucket Shake

Sep Fri 27th M&S Bucket Shake (last bucket shake at M&S)

Dec Sat 7th Sheila’s Town Bucket collection & Carol singing (details to follow)
Christmas Day – Weymouth Harbour Swim (Volunteers to swim please)

Fundraising events for 2018

January – Awarded a Grant for £3,000.00 from WPBC for update to Galley.

January – Awarded £600.00 from the Desert Rose Foundation

January – ‘Singing for Dorset’ raised £342.04 at their fantastic concert.

February – Hangers Heroes Challenge Presentation £900.00

Fri 18th May – Quiz Night at Weymouth Golf Club £4.00 per head email for details and BOOKING. Raised £512

26th & 27th May – Fayre in the Square (Hope Square). Raised £699.85

Wed 6th June – Abbotsbury Swannery Walk. Raised so far £1043.40

Fri 8th June – Singing for Dorset. Raised £250.00

Fri 13th July – ASDA Bucket collection  – Cancelled

27th, 28th & 29th July – Wyke Smugglers Beer Festival. Supporting us! – Raised £549.00

July Dean & Reddyhoff  raised funds of £1,028

Wed 8th August – Morrisons Bucket collection – Raised £419.72

29th August – Weymouth Pavilion’s Summer Panto collections raised £1920.44 Our thanks to Sheila Collins

Sat 22nd September – Hangers Heroes Sponsored Walk & Runners challenge in Dorset, call 01305-784995 for sponsor forms. All proceeds for local charity’s full or half Marathon teams and individuals welcome.

Thurs 25th October – Morrisons Bucket collection – Raised £202.56

Fri 14th December – ASDA Bucket collection – Cancelled

25th December – Xmas day swim


Fundraising events from April 2017 – December 2017


Tuesday 25th April  Our AGM to be held at Pilgrim House at 7pm  (Hope Square)

Friday 5th May   Quiz Night at The Wyke Smugglers – 8pm start. £5 per person.  Book by texting   Jill  07810 224773 or email jill@mvfreedom . We raised £492.46

Saturday 20th May Barn Dance 6pm at West Fleet Holiday Farm – Tickets includes  chilli or Veg option.  Adult £10 Child £6  ( Hangers Heros) For Tickets please call  01305 784995

Saturday 27th -Sunday 28th May  We have a stall at  ‘Fayre in the Square’ (Hope Square). We raised £583.38

Wednesday June 7th  Abbotsbury Swannery Walk. We raised £275.00 (So far)

July   Head Shaving fundraiser at the Dolphin Pub, Park Street – Great fun event we raised £700

Friday 21st – 22nd – 23rd July Smugglers Wyke Festival. We raised £2421.79

Saturday 28th July Morrisons bucket collection. We raised £456.57

Sat 23rd September (Hangers Heroes Run) Volunteer Marshals Needed

October (Hangers Heroes) Pumpkin competition Wyke Horticultural Society

Saturday 7th October   ASDA   Bucket Collection. We raised £379.06

Friday 17th November  QUIZ NIGHT at Pilgrim House 7pm for 7.30 start. We raised £409 (after expenses)

Wednesday 7th December   Singing for Dorset, Xmas concert at All Saints School.  Raised £814.96   (further concerts in the New Year, please follow on Facebook)

Tuesday 12th December – Awarded £1,200.00 from the Gannett Foundation to cover cost of new Life Jackets for M.V. Freedom

Thursday 14th December  ASDA  Bucket Collection. Raised £399.92.

Thursday 21st December Morrisons bucket collection – Raised £385.00

Christmas Day Weymouth Harbour Swim – Raised  £2,705.00 


Gallery of our fundraising

Annual Swannery Walk

Thank You to all the Homes, Day Centers and Passengers that take part in our annual Swannery Walk Fundraiser.  You are all STARS – we look forward to sailing with you, on Freedom Very Soon.

We have a wonderful time at Abbotsbury Swannery who’s generosity and support is very much appreciated Their kind staff and the experience of seeing – and feeding the Swans with their babies – in such beautiful surroundings is fantastic  THANK YOU x

How do we raise money?

The, ‘Friends of MV Freedom’ fundraise throughout the year. We apply for national and regional grants and ask for donations from local businesses and organisations. Many loyal companies have collection pots, which help raise awareness of the Boat as well as funds – we are always amazed and grateful for the generosity of Weymouth and Portland folk.

We are widely supported by our local community who generously participate in sponsored events such as the Christmas Harbour swim.  We invite the passengers of MV Freedom to participate in the annual sponsored walk at Abbotsbury Swannery planned for June.

Below is a list of many of our supporters

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council – Lion Club –  Rotary – Odd-fellows – Masons –  Sea Cadets – Pilgrim House  – Round Table – Santander – Came Down Golf Course – Dean and Reddyhoff – Abbotsbury Swannery – For Motion –  – Active Mobility – Highclere House – Sand World – Sea Gull – Marlborough and Daniels fish and chips – Asda – Weymouth Mobility –  Weymouth Deli – Bennetts fish and chip shop – Co-Op – Morrisons – Singing for Dorset – Ladies in Waiting – Echo’s Gannett Foundation – Desert Rose Foundation.

Hostelries and Taverns, all around the Harbour and throughout Weymouth and Portland and last but not least, the very loyal and generous folk of Weymouth and Portland.

Would you like to get involved with our fundraising activities such as event planning, sponsorship opportunities etc…?

Please call Jill on   07810 224773