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The Rob Vine Fund

History of the Rob Vine Fund

Rob VineDuring the 1985 Senior TT Races, Rob Vine, a regular TT competitor from Dover in Kent, lost his life at the Black Dub. In conjunction with Dr. David B. Stevens MBE, Chief Medical Officer for the TT and Manx Grand Prix races at the time, his family established a Nobles Hospital administered Gift Account.

Following his retirement, as a Nobleís Hospital Consultant, in March 2005 and with the approval, cooperation and advice from the DHSS, Attorney Generalís Office and Advocate Neil Hanson, the Rob Vine Fund was set up as a separate Registered Charity No 954 [Isle of Man]. The Charity is also a Company Limited by Guarantee with Motorsport Medical Services and the Hogg Motorsport Association registered under the Business Names Act.



Purposes of the Fund

The purposes of the Fund have remained unchanged for over 30 years. They are to provide medical/rescue equipment and training for all doctors, paramedics and marshals involved in 2, 3 and 4 wheeled motorsport events on the Isle of Man, the Road Racing Capital of the World.

The Fund has provided the following:-

  1. All the orange immediate care cases placed at over 110 marshalling locations on the TT course. These provide comprehensive medical equipment for basic first aid by marshals and advanced life support by doctors or paramedics as members of MOMMOP, the Manx Organisation for Motorsport Medical Officers and Paramedics.
  2. Orthopaedic scoop stretchers and red head rests at all the same marshalling points.
  3. The emergency resuscitation, medical and other equipment used in the rescue helicopters for the TT Races, Festival of Motorcycling and Billown course events.
  4. Finances for the operation of Motorsport Medical Services [M&MS].
  5. Financial support for the equipment and training costs of the Hogg Motorsport Association which provides two MSA [ Motor Sports Association ] licensed race and rally rescue ambulances and a third ambulance, all of which are fully equipped front line ambulances, crewed from 19 unpaid volunteer members, most of whom are MSA licensed Rescue crew.

This long term commitment, by the Rob Vine Fund, requires an expensive rolling financial programme, for the provision of medical/rescue equipment and training. With over £250,000 worth of equipment around the TT Course, in the rescue helicopters and the 3 Hogg Motorsport Ambulances, the fund has to find 10%, about £25,000 per year in order to ensure all items are replaced on reaching their 'use by date' and reflect current best medical practice.


The 4 Directors of The Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No 954 [Isle of Man], are:-
Stuart Greaves, Kit Pemberton, Dr. David B Stevens MBE, and Dr. Karen Wilson.

Any queries should be addressed to Dr. Stevens, Charity Secretary and Director, who can be contacted on 01624 628999 or 07624 493403 or by e-mail robvinefund@mms.org.im.

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