Have a go at this year’s Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Racing at the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival. Picture: Gable Events
Racing at the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival. Picture: Gable Events

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival in aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

Now in its 13th year, the Festival has become one of the biggest corporate team events in the regional calendar and there’s plenty of time to get a team together and guarantee a place on the start line in Fen Ditton on September 9.

ACT is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals and Emily Willdigg, ACT’s events fund-raiser is looking forward to building on the success of the event last year.

She said: “We hope that businesses will support our much-loved hospitals by getting a team together.

“With the help of many generous supporters, we can provide funds so that our local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year.”

To take part in the dragon boat racing and raise money for ACT, no previous experience is required.

The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

The Festival promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with Chinese themed entertainment, children’s rides, inflatable activities and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside.

The top fundraising crew for ACT will receive the coveted Charity trophy and a wonderful traditional afternoon tea at SIX Panoramic Bar and Restaurant in Cambridge.

For further information and an entry form please visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/cambridge or call Gable Events on 01780 470718.

To find out more about the services of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust call 01223 217757 or visit www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk

One of the early entrants is Sitec Infrastructure Services from Waterbeach who provide specialist services across the UK telecommunication and fixed line industries.

Crew manager, Taryn Caleno, is looking forward to strengthening internal company relationships through their participation and the company has also set a target of raising £1,000 in sponsorship for AC: “We thought it would be a great opportunity for team building. We are always so busy as a company with a number of different teams working for separate clients and types of work. We find it difficult to fit traditional team building away days into our schedule so this looked a great opportunity to link in our social side with an element of team building too!”

Other early Festival entrants include Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, TWI, Prometic Bioseparations, Inca Digital, Encore Estate Management Ltd and Ely-based Stormport Professional Services who have entered a Gold crew.

Gold and Silver entries include a significant donation to Festival charity ACT as well as marketing benefits such as the company name and logo on the side of a dragon boat.

Stormport’s crew manager, Clair Godfrey is very excited about their debut at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival: “Our team will be made up of representatives from across the company and we felt this would be a great opportunity for teambuilding, fundraising and having fun!”