Cardboard Boat Race raises nearly £4000 for charity

Low Wood No Wood annual cardboard boat race on Windermere raised a record breaking amount for Lake District Calvert Trust

A total of £3845 was handed over to the Lake District Calvert Trust on the shores of Lake Windermere by representatives from the sponsors Progression Solicitors and Low Wood Bay Hotel. The record amount was raised at the Low Wood No Wood Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday 17th May 2014.

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The event is in its second year and featured twenty teams taking to the waters with nothing but buoyancy aids, paddles and boats made from cardboard. The glorious weather brought out the crowds and fundraising was in full swing.

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Handing over the cheque Anthony Smith from Progression Solicitors said “This is exactly the kind of community event we love to support, to see so many people having fun raising money for charity on the day was fantastic. Nearly four thousand pounds for the Calvert Trust from a single day of cardboard boat racing is a massive achievement.”

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Special thanks went to Caterkwik for donating £1000 and Lake District Farmers for donating £1310. These one off donations were backed up with entry fees from cardboard boats and a raffle. The funds raised will be specifically used for purchasing specialist riding hats and as a bursary for people with learning disabilities thereby removing any financial barriers preventing them from staying at the Calvert Trust.

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Event organiser, Ben Berry, said that the event went fantastically, “we couldn’t have had a better day, with the fantastic weather, great BBQ and bar, fly boarding display, water canons and cardboard boats – who could ask for more fun? We even had a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids.”

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Lynn Healey from Lake District Calvert Trust thanked participants for their support, “we are very grateful for all those who supported this event. This money goes straight to helping disabled people have adventure, right here in the Lake District. Thank you.”


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