Last chance to enter!

Last chance to enter a team in the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 4th August!

With just a couple of weeks to go until the annual Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent as part of the Nottingham Riverside Festival, there’s still time to enter your team and join over 20 companies and organisations on the start line.

The Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 4th August is always one of the highlights of the Riverside Festival and no previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm. The colourful 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.

Don’t worry if you think winning is out of the question as 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 official charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People will receive the special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge raised over £10,000 for Rainbows which is the only hospice in the East Midlands that provides vital care and support to babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses from across the region. By taking part and raising money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping over 400 families to make the most of the short time they have together, making precious, happy memories they can treasure forever.

Matt Winn, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, says, “With so many companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows are able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. The hospice only receives a small amount of guaranteed funding, so support at events like this make it possible for us to continue to provide our vital care for those families who need it the most.”

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 Matt Winn on 01509 638028 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk

Dragons get ready to roar!

Dragons get ready to roar at the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 4th August

With just a month to go until the River Trent reverberates to the sound of beating drums and splashing paddles, there is still time to get your team together and join in the annual Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge. The warmer weather inevitably turns our thoughts to activities on water and what better way to keep cool than with a day of competitive fun racing a dragon boat alongside your colleagues and friends?

The Dragon Boat Challenge, which raises funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, is one of the highlights of the annual Riverside Festival and up to 40 teams will battle it out in spectacular races on Sunday 4th August cheered on by hundreds of spectators. Businesses and groups across the region are invited to test their mettle against the new and returning crews who have already booked their places on the start line, all whilst raising money for a brilliant cause.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge was won by the team from DHL Nottingham with ‘The Interceptors’ crew representing Nottinghamshire Police taking the mixed prize and Blueprint Interiors crowned the charity champions.

To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for Rainbows, 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 over the 200m race course at Victoria Embankment. Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of 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. Challenge media partners are Business Link East Midlands and Notts TV.

The Challenge last year raised over £10,000 for Rainbows which supports over 400 children and their families across the East Midlands.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 40 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham.

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

 

 

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

Boat Race with a difference!

The Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge – a Boat Race with a difference!

All eyes will be focussed on the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake this Sunday for the Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race when double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell becomes the oldest man to represent one of the crews for this annual test of strength and stamina at the remarkable age of 46. If James has inspired you to take to the water and try something different this summer, why not get some colleagues/friends together and enter a team in the 11th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge?

The Dragon Boat Challenge in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People takes place on the River Trent at Victoria Embankment in Nottingham on Sunday 4th August and there’s plenty of time to get a team together and guarantee a place on the start line.

Unlike the University Boat Race crews who average 6’ 4” and 14 stone for the men and 5’ 10” and 11 stone for the women, you don’t need the physique of Sir Steve Redgrave or Dame Katherine Grainger to be successful as 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!

Under the expert guidance of a qualified helm provided by organisers Gable Events, your crew of up to 11 people will soon be paddling in time and bonding together as you race towards the finish line over the 200m race course. Each team gets three attempts to improve their race times with everyone having an equal chance of reaching the semi-finals. Over 40 crews are expected to battle it out and all will be seeking to knock DHL Nottingham off their pedestal as reigning champions.

Encore Property Management Group have taken part for the last two years and Associate Director, Tom Hopson had this to say about their participation, “The dragon boat race is a great opportunity for our Nottingham team to get together and do something fun and worthwhile. The first year was a chance for several new members of staff to get to know their colleagues and they enjoyed it so much they asked if they could do it again! The benefit to the company is that the staff have to work together as a team and that transfers really well to the office environment”

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of 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.

All the entered teams will be encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and help make a difference to over 400 children and their families that the charity supports across the East Midlands.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this makes it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize group escape room experience courtesy of Escapologic.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham. 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

Teams race to sign up!

Teams race to sign up for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in the eagerly anticipated Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge which celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. The Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment on Sunday 4th August in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and is one of the key attractions of the Riverside Festival.

One of the early entrants are event first-timers, NAPIT from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, who offer membership services to the building trade. The company has chosen to enter both a Gold and Silver team to involve as many NAPIT members as possible and maximise the funds raised for Rainbows.

Crew manager Helen Willings explains how they hope to benefit from their participation; “The NAPIT teams will be made up of colleagues from a range of departments led by the Group’s Chief Executive, Mike Andrews. Team members include our resident action man, Gareth Davies, who competes in triathlons and long distance swims and avid fundraiser Linda Elliott who has already sailed three times down the River Adur in a bathtub to raise money for charity! We aim to take away fun and happy memories of employees working together and with those who come along to watch and support with their families. We hope the challenge brings colleagues together and gets them connected with staff from departments they might not usually work with to create new friendships.”

Other early entrants include Gold crew, Abel Alarm Company, silver crew DeltaNet International and standard crews, Hallmark Consumer Services and Midland Quarry Products. To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for Rainbows, 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. Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of 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. Challenge media partners are Business Link East Midlands and Notts TV.

All the crews are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and help make a difference to over 400 children and their families that the charity supports across the East Midlands.
Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham

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

Here come the Dragons!

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here come the Dragons!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the 11th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

The 2019 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 4th August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Up to 50 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course.

Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history dating back 2,000 years and according to the Chinese calendar, 2019 is the year of the Pig. People born in this year are believed to be energetic, enthusiastic and blessed with good fortune – all important qualities for achieving dragon boat success in August!

No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit. The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of 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.

The Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows, is the only hospice providing vital care and support to babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses across the East Midlands. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 400 children and their families.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus the special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and to book your place on the start line please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham

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