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Enjoy thrilling dragon boat racing on River Dart in aid of children’s hospice

10 May 2019 chsw Fundraising

The River Dart will provide the arena for an exciting afternoon of dragon boat racing on Sunday, July 14.

Up to 21 authentic dragon boats will be battling it out on the river, helping to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and Rowcroft Hospice, and providing a thrilling spectacle for spectators expected to line the banks at Longmarsh.

Organiser Totnes Rotary Club is planning a day of fun for all the family from 11am to 6pm, with shore-side entertainment, live race commentary, food stalls and drinks tents.

Geoffrey Hyde from Totnes Rotary club said there were still some places available for teams wanting to join in the fun.

This is your chance to have great fun on the river with friends, family and work colleagues, and raise funds for local charities at the same time.

“Authentic dragon boats with experienced helm and all necessary equipment including paddles and safety gear is all supplied – we’ll even supply the drum! All team members have to do is turn up on the day.

“Fancy dress optional but encouraged,” added Geoffrey.

There will be dragon boat racing on The River Dart at Totnes in aid of Children’s Hospice South West on Sunday, July 14 2019

Dragon Boat racing caters for people of all shapes, sizes and levels of fitness. No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm!

CHSW and Rowcroft have been selected as event headline charities and teams can also select their own charity they would like to champion.

Children’s Hospice South West provides free care and support for more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families at its three children’s hospices, including at Little Bridge House in Devon.

Community fundraiser Paula Hullett said: “This promises to be an absolutely thrilling event and we are so pleased that the organisers have chosen to support our charity.

The money raised will help CHSW provide vital respite to local families and help them to make the very most of short and precious lives.

Rowcroft Hospice provides comfort, support and specialist services to more than 2,000 people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon.

Rowcroft community fundraising manager, Alison Upton, said: “Every summer we are so overwhelmed with the amazing fundraising support we see from the community. Please enter a team to help support the ongoing care Rowcroft Hospice provides for people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon.”

Teams of 10 paddlers plus a drummer can enter the race for £400. The minimum age is 18. To sign up a team, visit the Totnes Dragon Boats website