Teams ready for Crawley hospice dragon boat race

DM15111398a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. Thermofisher (another team). Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220719008
DM15111398a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. Thermofisher (another team). Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220719008

St Catherine’s Hospice Dragon Boat Festival is bursting back into Tilgate Park on Sunday September 4 for another day of fantastic family fun.

This year’s free, Under The Sea themed evemt takes place between 10am to 4pm with a range of stalls and games, inflatable activity centre, face painting, super raffle, and a Metrobus activity bus. There will also be a selection of local food vendors onsite and ample parking so you’ll have everything you need for a great day out.

DM15111859a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220219008

DM15111859a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220219008

Michaela Clements, events Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said: “Our Dragon Boat Festival always proves to be a fantastic day for all ages and we can’t wait to return to Tilgate Park.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the local community to cheer on our corporate supporters as they race in our Dragon Boats. By coming along on the day, you’ll be helping make sure we can continue to be there to care for terminally ill people in the local community. We hope lots of you will join us for one of our biggest and most exciting events.”

Last year’s Dragon Boat Festival attracted more than 4,000 people to Tilgate Park to witness 33 teams, dressed in fancy dress, race 40 foot dragon boats across the lake in a bid to be crowned champion or best dressed crew. The record-breaking day raised more than £50,000 for St Catherine’s.

This year’s Dragon Boat Festival is sponsored by Edwards Vacuum, Just Retirement and Thermo Fisher. All proceeds from the event will once again go directly to St Catherine’s who last year, provided expert end of life care to more than 2,000 local people across Sussex and Surrey. With less than a third of the hospice’s running costs provided by the NHS, fundraising events like the Dragon Boat Festival are crucial to help the hospice continue to provide its vital care.

DM15111321a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. L to R Simon Turpitt, St Catherine's Hospice chairman, Crawley mayor Christine Cheshire, Henry Smith MP and Giles Tomsett chief executive. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220623008

DM15111321a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. L to R Simon Turpitt, St Catherine's Hospice chairman, Crawley mayor Christine Cheshire, Henry Smith MP and Giles Tomsett chief executive. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220623008

For more information, please visit: www.stch.org.uk/DragonBoatFestival, email comfun@stch.org.uk, or call St Catherine’s Events Team on 01293 447361.

DM15111337a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. The Jolly Rogers (Thermofisher). Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220645008

DM15111337a.jpg St Catherine's Hospice Dragon Boat Race. The Jolly Rogers (Thermofisher). Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150609-220645008