ISLE of Wight charities are celebrating after being awarded more than £30,000 in National Lottery funding.

Four Island projects, from a music festival to a station renovation, have been awarded funds from the lottery's community fund since the start of 2019.

One Life Music Festival, who provide safe and fun festival experiences for people with learning and physical disabilities, has received £10,000.

Barrie Wade, co-founder of the Ole Life Festival, said: "Thanks to National Lottery funding we are able to put on a bigger and better music festival for people with Learning and Physical Disabilities on the Isle of Wight. The funding has allowed the project to grow to a two day event and include a family day for children with disabilities and their families.

"The One Life Festival was such a huge success in 2018, organisations from all over the UK will be attending and enjoying a great weekend on the Isle of Wight. This year’s funding means that their experience in 2019 will be even better."

Another £10,000 went to the Island 2000 Trust, which plans to create a walking, cycling and horse-riding hub on the old Merstone station.

Carol Flux, project manager, said: "The project is being greeted with excitement in the cycling community and people are saying they will need to book a place in our shelter.

"The project was inspired by the Island’s walkers, cyclists and equestrians and we want more people to come and visit and have a free and healthy day out in our countryside."

The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes.

As part of today’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling £64 million going to more than 2,200 community organisations across England. To find out more, visit