First teams to sign up

First teams sign up for the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival!

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival in aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). Now in its 14th year, the Festival has become one of the biggest corporate team events in the regional calendar and there’s plenty of time to get a team together and guarantee a place on the start line in Fen Ditton on Saturday 8th September.

One of the early entrants are first-timers Grant Instruments from Shepreth in Cambridgeshire who have been designing and manufacturing innovative scientific and data acquisition tools to markets worldwide since 1951. By taking part, crew manager, Charlotte Houlihan is looking forward to strengthening internal company relationships and supporting a charity which is very close to their hearts, “Our company is made up of more than 60 energetic, passionate and technically-mind experts – all of whom are up for a challenge! Grant’s ‘Water Bath Warriors’ will be made up of willing volunteers from all departments within the business including Sales, Research & Development and Manufacturing, along with our very own Managing Director. Not only will this be a fun day out for all involved, it will act as an invaluable team building exercise and fundraising opportunity”.

Charlotte adds, “We are holding a variety of events such as a Royal Wedding inspired Cake Sale, Quiz Night, Summer Garden Party, Raffle and will be heavily promoting our Just Giving page both on our website and on social media. We’ve got a great team at Grant, who not only keep the Grant cogs turning every day, but also go the extra mile to fundraise and volunteer their time to many charitable causes”.

Other early Festival entrants include Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Ashtons Legal, CMR Surgical Ltd, Cooke Curtis & Co, Provisio, Sitec Infrastructure Services (two teams) and Thorlabs together with Gold and Silver teams from Cambridge Commodities, Cantab and RealVNC. Gold and Silver entries include a significant donation to Festival charity ACT as well as marketing benefits such as the company name and logo on the sides of a dragon boat.

To take part in the dragon boat racing, 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.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals and Emily Willdigg, ACT’s Events Fundraiser is looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event, “We hope that businesses will support our much-loved hospitals by getting a team together. With the help of many generous supporters, we can provide funds so that our local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year.”

The Festival, supported by Cambridge Edition, promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with Chinese themed entertainment, children’s rides, inflatable activities and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside. The team raising the most money for ACT will be awarded the charity trophy and enjoy a fabulous private group cookery evening event of sushi making at Cambridge Cookery, the award-winning cookery school and neighbourhood bistro and café.

For further information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit To find out more about the vital work of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust please call Emily Willdigg, Events Fundraiser on 01223 349885 or visit