14 June 2018

Release your inner dragon!

Dragon Boat Race 



A popular charity dragon boat race is set to return to Bath next month to raise money to help support people with mental health conditions.


Teams from across Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire will be racing 30-foot Chinese-style dragon boats along the River Avon with a 16-strong crew paddling to the beat of the drummer in the prow.


The event, which takes place on Saturday 16 June from 9am in the grounds of The Boathouse, Newbridge Road, Bath, is being organised by Headlight, the registered charity of the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.


Fundraising Manager at Headlight Mental Health Charity, Tia Shortall, said: "We are looking for more teams to take part in this fun and lively event. Last year we ran the event for the first time and it proved so popular that we decided to repeat it.


"No equipment or experience is needed as everything is provided, including skilled helms and tuition. All fitness and skill levels can participate - co-ordination being far more critical than upper body strength! We welcome registrations from anyone and everyone, from either individuals or full teams, with registration costing just £10 per person.


The day promises plenty of excitement, friendly competition and a laid-back atmosphere. Spectators are very welcome and in addition to the racing, the day will feature fun off the water as well as on with children's entertainment, stalls and raffles. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from The Boathouse.


Tia continued: "Even if you are not too keen on entering the racing, there will be plenty of things to do on dry land. We would love for anyone who is looking to support a good cause to sign up and take part or to join us at the event and cheer on the racers."


Further information and registration forms can be found at: http://www.headlightcharity.org.uk/support-us/our-events/headlight-dragon-boat-race-2018/


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