Hospice benefits from efforts of the dragon boatsJun 28, 2011
The event last Sunday is expected to raise more than £20,000 for various local charities, including the festival’s nominated charity Willen Hospice.
Merklyn Hauck of organisers Gable Events said: “We were delighted that the Dragon Boat Festival was once again a sell-out and remains the largest one-day charity dragon boat event in the country.
“It was great to see so many new teams and mixed teams this year and the beautiful hot weather brought a large number of spectators down to Willen Lake to join in the fun.”
The Dragon Boat festival was sponsored by Crownhill-based Easycopiers for the third successive year. Crews representing businesses, organisations and groups of friends from all over Milton Keynes and the surrounding area battled it out all day in five-boat races over a 200-metre race course.
The eventual winners were Pistificated Pirates, representing Ian Smith Construction & Pell Frischmann, who were the fastest team throughout the day and also won the mixed team category (minimum seven ladies).
Wheldon 5 ‘0’, from Wheldon Contracts, were runners-up with Crumbliest Floaters from DHL Cadbury in third and Brinklow Barbarians representing Kuehne – Nagel (Milton Keynes) in fourth. Last year’s winners Nampak Plastics, from Nampak, finished fifth.
Pride, Passion, Party!, from Amscan International Ltd, finished second in the mixed team category, with Wheldons Waiders representing Wheldon Contracts in third.
Pride, Passion, Party! won the Charity Trophy and a meal at The Swan at Salford, by pledging more than £4,055 for Willen Hospice.
Home Retail Group (The Property Pirates) and Wheldon 5 0 also raised more than £3,000 for Willen Hospice.
Mr Hauck said: “Easycopiers again played a major part in the event’s success in their third year as title sponsor and we are very grateful to them.”
For mre information and to enter next year’s Milton Keynes Dragon Boat festival, visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/miltonkeynes