Dragon boat teams stick their oars in for Age UK Milton Keynes!

Dragon boat teams stick their oars in for Age UK Milton Keynes!

Dragon boat team enjoying the dayWith just a couple of months to go until the annual Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival, places are still available for budding paddlers.

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together ready to do battle on the waters of Willen Lake on Sunday 19th June.

David Burchell, Managing Director of Lanes Sales & Rentals in Milton Keynes explains why his team keeps coming back for more. “It is undoubtedly MK’s best event. We enter predominately as a fun day out and for team building. Of course it will also raise our company profile and allow some networking on the day. It’s a great day and everyone enjoys the atmosphere. What other sporting event can you warm up for with a burger in one hand and beer in the other!”

For some companies it’s the thrill of the competition that draws them to the event, for others it’s more about a fun day out for staff and the opportunity to raise vital funds for a fantastic local charity.

Last year, over £22,000 was raised for Festival charity Age UK Milton Keynes and the teams have a very special incentive to raise as much money as possible thanks to The Swan at Salford.

Frazer Sutherland, representing Peach Pubs who run The Swan, comments, “The 15th MK Dragon Boat Festival is going to be a fantastic day out for all the family with the excitement of the racing and all the fun that goes with it, and we’re adding our voice to the organisers’ call for as many people as possible to get a crew together and see if they can win. Age UK Milton Keynes is a great local cause and we look forward to serving a feast to the winning crew back at the pub.”

This is a critical time for older people in the community and Age UK Milton Keynes provides vital services that help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness amongst the 14,000 local people and their families that they support every year.

2015 Winners - Rexam Beverage Can UK LtdTo take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for Age UK Milton Keynes, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. There will also be a variety of bankside entertainment to enjoy such as funfair rides, children’s activities, food stalls and even a spectacular flypast from a Battle of Britain Spitfire!

For further information and an entry form visit: www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/miltonkeynes or call Gable Events on 01780 470 718. For information about Age UK Milton Keynes visit www.ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk or call 01908 550700

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