Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:22 20 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:30 20 February 2013

Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival

Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival

Head for Willen Lake on Sunday, 24 June to see 1,000 people take to the water

Willen Lake hosts the 11th Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival in aid of Willen Hospice on Sunday, 24 June when over 1,000 people will take to the water in 40ft brightly painted Chinese boats, watched by several thousand spectators. Following the success of the 2011 event and the overwhelming demand again this year, 57 crews will be racing five boats at a time in what has become the largest one-day charity dragon boat event in the country!

The races will take place every 10 minutes over a 200m race course, with the first race at 9.30am and finishing with the final at around 5.15pm.

As well as the spectacular races taking place throughout the day, there will be plenty of activities on the bank to entertain crews and spectators including a large funfair, inflatables, face painters plus mini golf, the high ropes course and miniature train. Entrance to the Festival is free to spectators and ample pay and display parking is available at Willen Lake.

The entered crews represent local businesses and organisations throughout Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas (see attached list). Trophies and floral bouquets will be presented to the top five crews, the top mixed crew, best dressed crew and the team that raises the most money for Festival charity, Willen Hospice. The top fundraisers for Willen Hospice will also receive a special lunch in a private room with wine courtesy of The Swan at Salford.

Carol Lester of Festival organisers, Gable Events, said: It is a testament to the continued popularity of this event that so many teams are taking part again this year. Nine companies have also taken up the option of our Gold and Silver sponsorship packages which we introduced this year and will not only raise their company profile at the event but also raise an extra 5,500 for Willen Hospice. We are sure that crews and spectators will have a fantastic day.

About Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice is an independent charity that provides complex and individual care to individuals from the age of 18 years with life limiting illnesses who reside in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. The Hospice is based at a quiet lakeside location close to the City Centre and their care often takes place in the patients own home. Willen Hospice get less than a quarter of their funding from the NHS so rely heavily on the local community to support them with raising in excess of 4 million a year which will enable them to continue to provide the excellent service for which they have become so well known.

Paul Hinson, Willen Hospice Chief Executive, said: We are delighted to be partnering the 2012 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. This annual event is a fantastic, fun group activity which brings together the community of Milton Keynes to help raise much needed and vital funds for Willen Hospice.

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