The Dragon Boat Festival will be held annually due to its success
The first joint fundraising event between Beaumond House Community Hospice and the Children’s Bereavement Centre raised £28,274 to be split between the two Newark charities.
The Newark Dragon Boat Festival was so successful it has been decided to hold it annually.
Next year it will be on Sunday, September 20.
The event was inspired by a conversation with Ringrose Law, who run a similar event in Lincoln.
The idea grew and developed into an opportunity to offer an event to the community, while also raising money for the two charities.
It proved to be a huge success as thousands of people from across Newark and the surrounding area went along to enjoy the day at Riverside Park.
A total of 27 teams competed. Other attractions included inflatables from Bounce About, slime-making and face painting, food stalls and entertainment.
Rachel Wilson, from the Children’s Bereavement Centre, said. “There are not enough words to express our gratitude for the support we received.
“As two local charities we wanted to organise an event the whole community could be involved in as well as raising vital funds.”
Jo Harbord, from Beaumond House, said: “A heartfelt thank you to the 27 teams, the headline sponsors, Ringrose Law, Abachem Engineering and Liz Hobbs Group, companies that donated goods and services, the entertainers, stallholders, volunteers — your support means so much to us.”