Splashing around for charity in South Yorkshire

The Dragon Boat racing at Rother Valley in aid of Neurocare locally
The Dragon Boat racing at Rother Valley in aid of Neurocare locally
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Dedicated fundraisers had an oar-some time racing dragon boats in South Yorkshire and supporting charity.

Teams took to their traditional Chinese craft at Rother Valley Country Park for a full day of competition on the water.

They each competed for a chosen charity – with those backing Sheffield Teaching Hospitals even donning surgical scrubs for the challenge.

Kerry Grundy, event organiser for Sheffield recruitment firm A For Appointments, said: “It was a fantastic day. All the teams turned up with a lot of spirit and the Sheffield hospitals team came in surgical outfits, while Macmillan Cancer Relief’s team wore green wigs and kilts.

“It would be great if we could hold it every year.

“The best thing about it was a lot of different businesses took part for their chosen charities, so smaller causes which might not normally get the opportunity were able to benefit.”

Other charities represented at the event – which is expected to raise about £20,000 in total – included Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, Dinnington-based children’s runaway charity Safe@Last and Neurocare, which supports the neurosciences department at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Corin McCann, Neurocare fundraiser, said: “Everybody really enjoyed it. Our team got knocked out in the third round but they did well. Some of the teams were really fantastic and looked like they were in the Army – they were hard to beat.”