Time to enter a team for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge

Time to enter a team for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 4th August

As shorts and t-shirts get dusted off in anticipation of another long hot summer, thoughts turn to one of the highlights of the regional events calendar – the annual Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challlenge. More than 30 teams are expected to battle it out in the spectacular races on Sunday 4th August, cheered on by thousands of spectators and there is still plenty of time to get your team together and join in the popular day of team building and fun!

Businesses and groups across the East Midlands are invited to test their mettle against the new and returning crews whilst raising much-needed funds for Challenge charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Amongst the companies that have already booked their places on the start line are Abel Alarm Company, NAPIT Group, William Davis, DeltaNet International, John A Stephens, FHP, Frank Goulding, Hallmark Consumer Services, K-Flex, Midland Quarry Products, Specsavers Sutton-in-Ashfield, Rainbows and Thorn Baker.

DeltaNet are one of the teams opting for the enhanced Gold & Silver entry packages which include the profile and fundraising benefits of the company’s logo on a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to Rainbows. With its HQ in Loughborough, the company is a long standing supporter of Rainbows and MD Darren Hockley says that staff always jump at the chance to take part, “The Dragon Boat Race is a great event, not to mention a fun day out in the sun, so the team didn’t have to be asked twice about participating again this year! Our team is made up of who gets in first and there’s always a nice sprinkling across the departments; sales, marketing, content and support. The light-hearted competition contributes to team-building and increasing our running total raised for Rainbows always feels fantastic – it’s a great achievement for the DeltaNet team, and one they can be proud of.”

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge raised over £10,000 for Rainbows which provides vital help, care and support for children across the East Midlands with terminal and life-limiting conditions. By taking part and raising money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping families from Nottinghamshire and across the region to make the most of the time they have left together and create memories they can treasure forever.

The 30’ dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by race organisers, Gable Events, and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. No previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm.

Medals and trophies are awarded for the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew (as fancy as possible!) and there’s a superb incentive to top the fundraising leader board as the crew raising the most money for Rainbows will receive a special prize escape room experience at Escapologic.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of the Nottingham Riverside Festival, one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council. Media partners to the Dragon Boat Challenge are Notts TV and Business Link East Midlands.

For further information and an entry form please visit

www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk

Still time to get a team together!

Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival – Still time to get a team together!

31 teams have already signed up to take part in this year’s Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival in aid of MacIntyre and there’s still plenty of time to get a team together and join them on the start line! The Festival, supported by Business MK and MKFM, takes place at Willen Lake on Sunday 23rd June and is one of the highlights of the regional events calendar.

The Dragon Boat Festival attracts a complete mix of new and returning crews and all with the same aim in mind – to enjoy a fabulous day out with colleagues and friends and make a difference in their community.

EDW Technology has been entering teams into the Festival since 2012 and CEO, Simon Miles explains that as the company grows the competition for places increases every year, “Now that we are a bigger organisation with many more staff, the demand for rowing places is very competitive. Since acquiring TEAM Energy in 2017, last year was the first time we had a combined team from EDW and TEAM. It turned out to be a fabulous way for us all to socialise and integrate. We also revel in the friendly competition that brings businesses in Milton Keynes together. It’s a fun day out for all – both paddlers and supporters cheering from the side”.

EDW is one of several entrants opting for the enhanced Gold entry package which includes the profile and fundraising benefits of the company’s logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to MacIntyre. Other Gold entrants include Collins Aerospace, Home & Legacy, L&Q, Little Star Media, Pertemps Medical, Samuel & Co Trading, The Paterson Group and two teams from SMC Pneumatics.

To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for MacIntyre, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. There will also be a variety of bankside entertainment to enjoy such as funfair rides, children’s activities and food stalls.

MacIntyre is looking forward to supporting and promoting the fundraising activities of the competing teams. As well as raising vital funds to support its work with over 1,200 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability or autism, the Dragon Boat Festival provides the charity with an opportunity to raise its profile within the corporate sector and wider community. The top fundraisers for MacIntyre will win the Charity trophy plus a special prize meal, sponsored by Merinvest, at highly rated Melis Restaurant in Central Milton Keynes.

MacIntyre’s Head of Fundraising, Claire Kennedy, adds, “Last year’s event was amazing and we’re really looking forward to doing it all again! Every penny raised will be used to benefit people in the Milton Keynes area. The funds raised will support our sports projects which aim to make sport equally accessible for people with a learning disability and other complex needs who want to participate.”

For further information and an entry form visit: www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/miltonkeynes or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about MacIntyre, visit www.macintyrecharity.org or call 01908 230100