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Dragon boat race in Paddington

Event raises funds for sick kids at St Mary's

06 July, 2018 — By Tom Foot

A team at last year’s event

CHINESE dragon boats will race down Regent’s Canal in a fundraiser for sick children at St Mary’s Hospital.

The free Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC) Dragon Boat Race, now in its 11th year, takes place from 5pm on July 26 at Merchant Square at the Paddington Basin.

The race has a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition with each boat holding 10 rowers and one drummer.

More than 20 boats race will race over 100 metres during five heats with many volunteers taking part in fancy dress. Prizes include “best dressed” and “fastest team”.

At noon on the same day, there will be a popular rubber duck race when 500 rubber ducks will be launched into the Regent’s Canal at St Mary’s Bridge.

The much-needed funds will go towards helping support the families of children being treated on the ward at St Mary’s.

Chloe Oliver, charity director at COSMIC, said: “The generous sponsorship donations raised by the dragon boat teams and rubber duck race will help us to provide essential support to the families of critically ill children being treated on our ward.

“These much- needed funds allow our family liaison nurses to offer emotional, social and financial support during this incredibly stressful and emotional time, such as accommodation for parents to stay overnight while their children are receiving treatment.”

l For details about the charity visit cosmiccharity.org.uk

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