Dragon Boat Racing and the Peterborough Festival

Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today – as well as the most fun! Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit!

Gable Events has joined with Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice to bring you the 19th Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is open to everyone and up to 52 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course on Saturday 10th June 2017, watched by several thousand spectators.

Peterborough Rowing Club at Thorpe Meadows, PE3 6LN offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with plenty of bankside family entertainment including funfair activities, inflatables and children’s rides plus a variety of food stalls and bar.

Standard entry includes:

  • Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment
  • At least 3 races per crew
  • Music and entertainment
  • Souvenir programme
  • Trophies for the top three crews, the best-placed mixed crew (minimum 5 ladies), the crew raising the most money for Thorpe Hall Hospice and the ‘best dressed’ crew
  • Medals for the top three crews
  • Prize worth £600 for the crew raising the most money for Thorpe Hall Hospice comprising a private raceview suite with delicious finger buffet and sponsored race at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium

About Sue Ryder – Thorpe Hall Hospice

Dad had one horrible day, he couldn’t stop crying. Nothing we did helped. One of the nurses started talking to him really gently. Slowly, Dad opened up and said what he really wanted was to go home and be with Mum.

He wasn’t ready to be discharged but the nurse promised to see what she could do. Within a few hours she’d sorted out transport so Dad could come home during the day over the weekend. She marked up his medication for us to give him and organised for a bed to be put in his room so Mum could stay with him when he returned to Thorpe Hall at night.

You should have seen Dad’s face when he realised he’d be home for his son’s birthday barbecue. Seeing him sitting in his own chair in the living room with the family gathered around to celebrate was amazing.

Stories like this demonstrate the incredible care Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice delivers across the region, not just at the hospice but in the community through its Hospice at Home, Befriending and family support services. To do that we have to fundraise £1.5 million every year.

The money you raise by taking part in the Dragon Boat Festival 2017 will mean we can continue to be here to give more families the time, memories and care they need at the most difficult time.

Please speak to our fundraising team to find out how you can make your time in the dragon boat count.

Reg charity no: 1052076

Tel 01733 225999 E-mail thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org Website www.sueryder.org/thorpehall
Facebook Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Twitter @SRThorpehall

About Gable Events

With the benefit of over 20 years’ experience in corporate event management, Gable Events provides high quality, value-for-money activities tailored to the individual needs of our clients. We specialise in events for motivation, team building and a full portfolio of activities including it’s a knockouts, fun days, human table football, school sports, Medieval days, team challenges, krypton maze, rafting, tank driving, soapbox derby, treasure hunts, 8-lane giant scalextric and indoor entertainments.

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