Teams of gallant first-time Dragon Boat racers will take to the river Trent on St George’s Day, Saturday 23 April, to raise money for patients at Nottingham’s hospitals.
The race will see 13 teams of 16 paddlers and one drummer competing in heats for a trophy while raising funds to support improvements to facilities, additional services for patients, new equipment, staff development and medical research at Nottingham’s hospitals.
The Dragon Boat Race has been organised by Nottingham Hospitals Charity and is sponsored by Nottingham City Transport.
Anthony Carver-Smith, Marketing Manager at Nottingham City Transport, comments:
“Nottingham City Transport have made several donations to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity recently, following requests from our employees who have been supported and cared for in difficult times by the dedicated and wonderful teams at our hospitals. Sponsoring the Dragon Boat race enables us to further support employees and our customers who will come to use our local health services in the future.”
Teams made up of staff from wards at City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre will compete with crews of paddlers from local businesses for a day of fun, excitement and furious paddling. The competition will be run by Notts Anaconda, Nottingham’s longest running and most successful dragon boat racing club.
Tiffany Coles, a Speech and Language Therapist at Linden Lodge Neuro Rehabilitation Unit at City Hospital, is leading one of the teams from the hospital. She says:
“The Linden Lodge crew are really excited to take part in the Dragon Boat race and to be a part of giving something back to a charity who continue to support us and our patients. We want to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity because we realise the impact charitable donations have on a positive patient experience. We’re excited to raise our paddles, get dressed up for our hospital’s charity and hopefully not capsize!”
Another of the teams taking part is local firm Air-IT. Paul Judge, Marketing Director at Air-IT, adds:
“We’re extremely excited to be involved in the Dragon Boat Race Day in support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity this year. The event is a great way for Air-IT to contribute to a fantastic local charity which benefits thousands of patients within the community each year. We’re very much looking forward to having a great day out with a crew of staff and all the other teams taking part while raising vital funds towards Nottingham’s hospitals’ most urgent appeals.”
Nick Lawford, Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, comments:
“We really looking forward to a day of friendly competition, fantastic fundraising and perhaps even some fancy dress – we have a prize for the best dressed crew! The Dragon Boats always make a spectacular site on the River Trent, so we would urge people to come along and support the teams of paddlers on the day.”
As well as the Dragon Boat races there will be a range of family-friendly activities taking place throughout the day, including face painting and drumming workshops, and refreshments including a barbecue and ice cream van.
The Dragon Boat race will take place from 9.30am to 3.30pm on 23 April, at Trent Bridge.