ISLAND Roads staff have raised more than £2,700 for Isle of Wight charity, Ability Dogs 4 Young People.

After the staff chose the cause as their charity of the year for 2018, the team held quiz nights, dress down days, sweepstakes and a 24-hour bikeathon to raise the funds.

Maria Escandell, who helps organise staff charity events, said: "We are delighted with the total raised which is the most we have collected in a single year. It shows just how much of a chord the charity struck with staff."

The money will enable the charity to buy a new puppy — which Island Roads staff have already named Dougal — and will help towards the costs of his training.

Ability Dogs help young people with physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes and epilepsy, by assisting with practical tasks and increasing their well-being, confidence and self-esteem.

Carol Court, founder and CEO of Ability Dogs 4 Young People IW, said: "This is a fantastic boost for us and we are very, very grateful to the staff at Island Roads."

Island Roads staff have chosen Newport-based Home Start as their charity for 2019.