Charity duck race is just quackers

A rubber duck race was held at Ponds Forge sports centre to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.
A rubber duck race was held at Ponds Forge sports centre to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.
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THOUSANDS of rubber ducks raced down the flumes at a Sheffield swimming pool to raise money for a children’s hospice.

The Dippy Duck race event took place at Ponds Forge in aid of Bluebell Wood in North Anston.

Each yellow duck was sponsored by an individual owner and enthusiastic spectators gathered at the poolside to cheer the ducks on.

The first 12 to pass the finish line won their owners top prizes including a flat-screen TV, luxury hampers, a hotel break and gift vouchers.

Sarah Champion, the charity’s chief executive, said she was ‘thrilled’ by the success of the race, which was organised by Bluebell Wood support group The Blu Crew.

“It was a great day and everyone had fun cheering on the ducks to the finish line,” she said.

Bluebell Wood costs £2.5 million a year to run and relies on donations for its upkeep.