Dragon boat teams stick their oars in for Rainbows Hospice!

With just a few months to go until the annual Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge places are still available for budding paddlers.

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the East Midlands are getting their teams together ready to do battle on the waters of the River Trent at Victoria Embankment on Sunday 7 August.

As well as aiming to knock Nottingham-based Cargopak off their pedestal as reigning champions, teams will also be seeking to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Last year, over £23,000 was raised for Rainbows, with more than £2,800 coming from the top fundraisers, Noble Foods.

Noble Foods crew manager Michelle Rowden said the team is seeking to raise even more. She said: “After last year’s event we had the opportunity to visit Rainbows and see the amazing work they do. This has galvanised our resolve for the 2016 Challenge. There was no question about doing the race again and bringing in as much money as possible for this ‘Noble’ cause. This time we aim to rule the waves too and take home at least one other trophy to bond with our current

Welsh green dragon, dragons are after all sociable animals!”

For the second year running, The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen has donated a celebratory meal for the team that raises the most sponsorship for Rainbows.

April Summerscales, Marketing, Design & PR Coordinator at The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen, said: "Supporting charity fundraising is a huge part of the Riverbank's ethos and values. The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event for a fabulous charity. Every year we love to get involved by supporting the Challenge and Rainbows in any way we can, through promotions and also donating the prize to the team that raises the most money. We can't wait to be part of the journey again."

Rainbows is the only hospice in the East Midlands for children and young people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you 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.

No previous experience is necessary to join in the fun, 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 their supporters 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.

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

For information about Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk