28 May 2019

Teams set to battle for glory during annual charity dragon boat race

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The popular Headlight charity dragon boat race is returning to Bath on Saturday 15th June to raise money to help support people with mental health conditions.

Last year saw teams of staff, volunteers, members of the public and local businesses battling it out in a series of heats, racing 30-foot Chinese-style dragon boats to the beat of the drummer in the prow.

Staff from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust have already signed up to take part in this years race and we are looking for more people to take part and battle for glory on the River Avon in Bath or to come along and support the racers.

The event in 2018 raised over £5,000 and this year we hope to raise even more to help support and improve the lives of people living with mental health difficulties.

Headlight Mental Health Charity Fundraising Manager, Tia Shortall, said: "This event 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 15 June. 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."

To find out more visit https://www.headlightcharity.org.uk/support-us/our-events/dragon-boat-race/  

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