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Wight Trash early T-shirt sales raise £140 for Ryde Unite

Skate company Wight Trash has always had its roots in the Isle of Wight Community. The shop based in Ryde sells skateboarding merchandise inspired by the Island. Quality is key with an emphasis on supporting UK brands and using local people where possible, including the shop sponsored local skaters for product testing.

Wight Trash World is more than a shop, it is a hub for the Island skate community, where you can get advice, talk skateboarding, play games or just hang out.

They also run John Cattle's Skate Club, offering lessons and workshops. The inclusive ethos of this brand opens the door to all, from total beginner to pro with toddlers right through to adults being welcomed.

Like many small businesses, they have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis having to shut down their skate club and shop. But with their online shop still open, they have taken this opportunity to support a couple of local businesses. To date, they've raised £140 from pre-sales of the T-shirt using the adaption of Matt Hancock’s slogan ‘Where the Isle of Wight rolls, Britain follows’ a percentage going towards Ryde Unite.

So, if you want to fly the Island flag, support your local community and have a keepsake then check out Wight Trash, and order your T-Shirt today. Big thanks to artist Jon Horner for the awesome design.

John Cattle from Wight Trash explains: "When Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 'Where the Isle of Wight goes, Britain follows 'in relation to the track and trace app, we were inspired. So, we tweaked it a bit and created a graphic as a bit of fun during these crazy times. It's been really well received, with t-shirts going out across the island as well as many mainland orders, even as far as Glasgow".

Zoe from Wight Trash adds "Our skate club and our shop have remained closed since March, so it's certainly tough times for business. But Wight Trash is a big part of the Island community, and we're lucky to have amazing support with people continuing to shop with us online. During lockdown we took the opportunity to raise some money for a couple of different organisations. Ryde Unite is a great way for the community to come together, not just under these unprecedented circumstances but well into the future, so we were more than happy to make a contribution to the fund."

Order your iconic T-shirt: Visit Wight Trash. Available in white or sky blue, in sizes S to XXL. Cost is £18 each with a % from each sale going to Ryde Unite Coronavirus Response appeal.

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