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Dragon boat fundraiser a success for two charities

Posted onPosted on 23rd Sep

The 2021 Newark Dragon Boat Festival was such as a success that it will be repeated next year.

Thirty-three crews from local businesses and organisations took part in the event, jointly organised by Beaumond House Hospice Care and the Child Bereavement Centre, both Newark-based charities.

The winners were Newark Town FC, with Knowhow second and The Blue Team third. The prize for the best fancy dress was won by Blueprint Gaming.

The head of fundraising and marketing at Beaumond House, Catheryn Lowe, said she was totally overwhelmed by the show of support from the local community.

“To stand on the stage at the start and see crowds of people coming out after such a long time was fantastic,” she said.

“The venue lends itself beautifully to a community event and there was a great atmosphere. A massive thank you to everyone — the volunteers, the teams, the sponsors and the public for making the day such a wonderful success.”

Fundraising and marketing manager for the Children’s Bereavement Centre, Rachel Wilson, said “There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate the support we received for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival.”

The event was sponsored by Ringrose Law Solicitors, G. M. Steel Ltd, of Newark (formerly Abachem); and Gusto Group, of Collingham. They all had teams taking part.

Envelopes sponsored the Team Village, Blueprint Gaming sponsored the medals, which were presented to each competitor, and Newark College sponsored a climbing wall at the event.

To take part next year, contact Catheryn at or Rachel at