Get ready to race in our Dragon Boat Festival

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St Catherine’s Hospice is calling on local businesses to sign up and get ready to race as part of its popular Dragon Boat Festival.

Taking place on Sunday 10 September, from 10am to 4pm at Tilgate Park, the Dragon Boat Festival is one of the local hospice’s biggest and most exhilarating fundraisers.

Every year, it attracts thousands of spectators to cheer on racing teams, but this year instead of cheering from the shore, you and your colleagues could be in the centre of the action!

The festival, which is celebrating 15 years, is a great branding, team building, and networking day out but more importantly it’s fun! Many businesses return year on year to compete with other local businesses in adrenaline-fuelled races in 40ft Chinese Dragon Boats.

Darren Buche was captain of last year’s winning team, Beemer, who represented Vines Gatwick. He said: “Last year was the third year we’d taken part in St Catherine’s Dragon Boat Festival and we were thrilled to take the trophy. It was a fantastic day and I’d encourage any business to take part this year- although we’ll be racing hard to keep up with the competition!”

As well as being a fantastic chance for businesses to support their local hospice, the Dragon Boat Festival is a great family day out with activities, entertainment and delicious food and drink. Since the festival began, it’s raised more than half a million pounds, and made a huge difference to local terminally ill people and their family and friends.

Laura Kelly, Corporate Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said: “Our Dragon Boat Festival is an oar-some corporate challenge and we can’t wait to welcome local businesses to the water. Our teams always tell us how much they enjoy being able to bring family and friends to cheer them on too, and it’s lovely to host an event that gives colleagues and their wider family and friends a chance to come together while helping our hospice.”

If your business is ready to help St Catherine’s make this year’s Dragon Boat Festival the best yet, please contact Laura Kelly or Suzanne Davis in St Catherine’s Corporate Team on 01293 447365, or visit here