Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will host the spectacular Dragon Boat Race challenge on 14th September.
The teams will race brightly painted dragon boats across the lake at Pugneys Country Park to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice . The charity supports local children with life-shortening conditions and their families.
Each boat has a crew of 10 paddlers (and one drummer to keep the rhythm!) and no previous experience is required, just the competitive spirit and energy to take part in at least three 250m races. There’ll be medals for the fastest teams and prizes for the best fancy-dressed crews!
Those watching from the shore will have plenty to entertain them too. There will be a Forget Me Not pop up shop, onsite café, tombola and face-painting, and teams are welcome to bring their own gazebo and BBQ. Vicky Stackhouse, events fundraiser at Forget Me Not, said: “We’ve already got lots of crews signed up and raring to go, many of them local businesses and organisations. But there’s still plenty of time to raise a team and join in the fun.
Anyone can take part - groups of friends, sports club teams, work colleagues, families - we invite you all to fire up your inner dragon! You just need to be over 16 and able to swim at least 50 metres.
And if you can’t gather 11 people together, don’t worry. Individuals and smaller teams are welcome to enter and we’ll form full crews on the day.”
Teams will be encouraged to raise money for Forget Me Not by asking for sponsorship - money which will be used to help fund the care and support the charity provides to children and families locally and across West Yorkshire, including respite care, therapy and counselling, support groups and activities.