THE Sandbanks Ferry has selected Poole's Forest Holme Hospice as its charity for the year.

They started their fundraising activities on Christmas Day, when they encouraged passengers – who enjoyed free crossings for the day – to make a donation.

More than £1,200 was donated to the cause.

Paul Tucker, communications manager at Forest Holme Hospice, said, “We are absolutely delighted that they have chosen the hospice as their charity partner this year and we want to thank all the ferry passengers for their incredible generosity at Christmas.

"The ferry serves the Isle of Purbeck, which is a geographical area covered by the hospice and served by our own team of community nurses, so we are really looking forward to working together during 2020.”

The Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company runs the chain ferry that runs from Sandbanks in Poole to Studland,

Mike Kean, managing director of the company, said: “We are proud to support Forest Holme Hospice as our nominated charity partner this year.

"The Hospice has cared for and supported previous members of our staff and their families, so we are fully aware of the critical work they carry out and what a difference this makes to the quality of life of those who need it most.

"We are thrilled that our passengers chose to give so generously on Christmas Day and wish to thank them for their kindness.

"We’re looking forward to participating in further fundraising activities for the hospice, and collection boxes will also remain in place on the ferry throughout the year."