Charities sign up for annual dragon boat race event

Fire breathing: Dragon boat racing at Preston Docks

Fire breathing: Dragon boat racing at Preston Docks

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Eight Lancashire charities have signed up to rule the waves at this summer’s annual Dragon Boat race.

Staff and supporters from each of the charities including, Derian House Children’s Hospice, Galloways, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Heartbeat, East Lancs Hospice, The Space Centre, Cancer Help and The Jordan Grant Memorial Foundation, are gearing up to pull their weight and are now looking for volunteers to join their teams to experience the thrill of the competition.

Roya Armstrong, Community Fundraiser for Derian House, who are taking part for the third time this year, said: “We’re hoping as many people as possible will sign up to join a Dragonboat Team and help us raise as much money as possible for the charities concerned.

“All the charities affiliated to the event are committed to helping to make people’s lives better, and their efforts make a real difference.

She added: “By taking part, you wStaff and supporters from each of the charities including, Derian House Children’s Hospice, Galloways, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Heartbeat, East Lancs Hospice, The Space Centre, Cancer Help and The Jordan Grant Memorial Foundation, are gearing up to pull their weight and are now looking for volunteers to join their teams to experience the thrill of the competition.

Roya Armstrong, Community Fundraiser for Derian House, who are taking part for the third time this year, said: “We’re hoping as many people as possible will sign up to join a Dragonboat Team and help us raise as much money as possible for the charities concerned.

“All the charities affiliated to the event are committed to helping to make people’s lives better, and their efforts make a real difference.

She added: “By taking part, you will too.”

The Charities Together Dragonboat Race is a key event in the Preston calendar and will feature as part of a day long event of fun and festivities at Preston Docks, Riversway on Saturday, August 2.

Each boat, consisting of 18 paddlers and a drummer, will cover a 250 metre course, and teams will take part in a number of heats throughout the day.

Emma Russ, Senior Fundraiser at Galloway’s, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the Preston Dragon Boat Race again this year.

“Last year was a fantastic day – we had a team of local blind and partially sighted people join our team and the whole crowd really routed for them.

“This year we’re hoping to have a visually impaired team and people from our local community join us too so we can have more than one team.

“It’s a great example of local charities working together for one fantastic event and we’re all thrilled at Galloway’s that this have become an annual event.”ill too.”

The Charities Together Dragonboat Race is a key event in the Preston calendar and will feature as part of a day long event of fun and festivities at Preston Docks, Riversway on Saturday, August 2.

Each boat, consisting of 18 paddlers and a drummer, will cover a 250 metre course, and teams will take part in a number of heats throughout the day.

Emma Russ, Senior Fundraiser at Galloway’s, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the Preston Dragon Boat Race again this year.

“Last year was a fantastic day – we had a team of local blind and partially sighted people join our team and the whole crowd really routed for them.

“This year we’re hoping to have a visually impaired team and people from our local community join us too so we can have more than one team.

“It’s a great example of local charities working together for one fantastic event and we’re all thrilled at Galloway’s that this have become an annual event.”