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Beaumond House Community Hospice and the Children’s Bereavement Centre are joint hosting the Dragon Boat Festival.


By Connor Thompson


Two of Newark’s biggest charities will join forces to host one a day of fun and racing on the River Trent.

Beaumond House Community Hospice, Newark, which provides palliative care to patients and support to their families at no cost, and the Children’s Bereavement Centre, which supports families following a loss, will joint host the Dragon Boat Festival.

It will take place on Sunday, September 15, at Riverside Park, Newark, from 10am to 5pm.

Launch of Dragon Boat Race with Charities and Sponsors..Pictured L-R are Rupert Doogan-Hobbs, Liz Doogan-Hobbs of Liz Hobbs Group, Philippa Clarke of Abachem, Rachel Wilson of The Children's Berevement Centre, Jo Harbord of Beaumopnd House Hospice and Julie Atkinson of Ringrose. 05719TV2-1. (13441366)
Launch of Dragon Boat Race with Charities and Sponsors..Pictured L-R are Rupert Doogan-Hobbs, Liz Doogan-Hobbs of Liz Hobbs Group, Philippa Clarke of Abachem, Rachel Wilson of The Children's Berevement Centre, Jo Harbord of Beaumopnd House Hospice and Julie Atkinson of Ringrose. 05719TV2-1. (13441366)

The event was launched at the riverside last week with some of the event sponsors and supporters.

“It’s the first joint venture between the two charities and we have been amazed by the responses so far,” said Rachel Wilson, fundraising manager at the Children’s Bereavement Centre.

“We rely really heavily on the community to raise vital funds for us, as we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do without them.

“This is a great event and we want to engage with the community as much as possible.

“It is hosted in the heart of Newark, in one of the town’s main public spaces, and has the iconic castle as a backdrop.”

So far, 29 teams have signed up to the race on the River Trent, but spaces are still open.

There will be inflatables, live entertainment, food and drinks at the Riverside Park fun day.

Alex Bennett, of Ringrose Law, the headline sponsor, said: “A lot of what we do and believe in is trying to make a positive difference in the communities in which we work and live.

“To support both of these fantastic Newark charities helps us to achieve this. We can’t wait for the day itself and hope we can raise lots of money for two great causes.”

Liz Doogan-Hobbs, of LHG Live, said: “We are firm supporters of both Beaumond House Hospice and the Children’s Bereavement Centre, both of whom work tirelessly all year round to improve the lives of others, and when we were approached to be involved with the Dragon Boat Race Event, we jumped at the chance ­— it is such a fun and engaging community event.

A spokesman for Abachem Engineering said: “We had been trying to find innovative ways to integrate into our local community, supporting both Beaumond House and The Children’s Bereavement Centre over the last 12 months.

“When the boat race was presented to us we couldn’t possibly pass by this fantastic opportunity to support and advocate two valuable charities.”



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