THE question is ­— are you ready to Go Yellow with Mountbatten?

Everyone is being encouraged to turn the Isle of Wight yellow next month, raising funds for, and awareness of, the Island’s only hospice.

On Friday, October 4, people are being urged to wear, eat or do something yellow for the annual fundraiser, and this year, supporters can even fly the flag for Mountbatten by purchasing a bright yellow car flag from Mountbatten’s charity shops, any Sainsbury’s store and Isle of Wight Radio.

Dani Johnson, Mountbatten community fundraiser, said: “Think of it as an Island-wide mufti day, and dig out an item of yellow clothing to wear from your wardrobe or pop into a Mountbatten shop to pick up a bargain statement piece.

"Whether you go for a full-on banana suit, or simply accent your outfit with a yellow scarf, you’ll be showing your support for Mountbatten and for people across the Isle of Wight community.”

Be it pennies of pounds, every donation will enable Mountbatten to reach more people living with terminal illness, as well as Islanders who have been bereaved.

Only around a third of Mountbatten’s income comes from the NHS, which is why the charity is so reliant on support from the community to continue reaching as many people as possible that need their help.

There are many ways to get involved this year, including:

• Signing up online to let Mountbatten know what you’re doing and order any merchandise you might want to sell to help your event raise even more.

• Download Go Yellow posters, bunting and cake flags from

• Set up your own online fundraising page on and share on social media

• Share your Go Yellow photos on Facebook and Twitter @MountbattenIW

• Buy a Go Yellow flag for £3 from any Mountbatten shop, any Sainsbury’s store or from Isle of Wight Radio.

• Buy a Mountbatten Sunflower from

• Plant a virtual sunflower on our website field by donating online to our Go Yellow appeal.

• Listen to Isle of Wight Radio on October 4 and share your fundraising stories.

• Follow the official Go Yellow lemon drizzle cake recipe in September’s Beacon magazine and hold a cake sale.