30 July 2019

Registration open for rescheduled charity dragon boat race

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The popular Headlight charity dragon boat race, which had to be postponed earlier this year, due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for Saturday 14th September in Bath.

The event is organised by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust's official charity Headlight, which raises money to help support people with mental health conditions.

The Trust is looking for teams and/or individuals to compete on the River Avon in Bath or to come along and support the racers.

Last year saw teams of staff, volunteers, members of the public and local businesses battling it out in a series of races, racing 30-foot Chinese-style dragon boats to the beat of the drummer in the prow. The event raised over £5,000.

Headlight Mental Health Charity Fundraising Manager, Tia Shortall, said: "It's great news that the event has now been rescheduled and we look forward to welcoming all our supporters to the River Avon for this exciting event. The race is now in its third year and is growing every year. It's fun, a great way to build relationships with teams and helps raise money for people who are supported by AWP.

"We're looking for teams to take part in this enjoyable and lively event. No equipment 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 individuals or full teams."

The event takes place at the Minerva Bath Rowing Club, Newbridge Road, Bath, BA1 3NB, from 9am on Saturday 14th September. Registration is just £10 per person and you can then either pay an additional £25 to take part or pledge to raise as much as you can via sponsorship, aiming for a minimum of £50.

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, raffles and food and drink.

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."

For the registration form click  here

To find out more click here

Headlight Mental Health Charity is the registered charity of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP). The charity works alongside AWP to enhance care and support recovery for AWP service users. Headquartered in Bath, the charity covers Wiltshire, Swindon, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset. To find out more go to www.headlightcharity.org.uk

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