Dragon Boat Festival Goers Raise Thousands for Local Charities and Schools

Over 500 people competed in the 22nd annual Dragon Boat Race at Bewl Water last weekend, raising thousands of pounds for local schools and charities including Chartwell Cancer Trust, Marlborough House, Marden School and Wendy’s Wish.

Saturday 7th September, 31 teams of 17 battled it out to rule the reservoir at the annual Dragon Boat Festival, which has been taken over by Markerstudy Leisure from the Funraisers who had previously grown the event.

Teams took to the water in fancy dress to generate over £2,000 of sponsorship for their chosen charities, collections of which are still being counted. Family and friends gathered on the banks to cheer on their loved ones while enjoying the games and entertainment provided by the teams who took part.

This year’s winners were the colourful, Marlborough House Neon All Stars, raising money for the Hawkhurst prep school. Taking second place were The Floaters and third, The Bidborough Imperial Dagon.

Operations Director of Bewl Water, Phil Daley, said that it was an honour to be able to continue supporting and hosting this great event, following the success from the Funraiser organisers.

“The 2019 Dragon Boat Festival hosted by Bewl Water was a tremendous success. The hard work that the teams put in was evident as stalls started being set up on Friday evening in preparation for a brilliant day. The atmosphere was perfect, helped by the weather and it was fantastic to see so many families having fun whilst raising money for their chosen charities. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Bewl Water next year for fundraising and of course some exceedingly competitive racing!”

Markerstudy Leisure have confirmed next year’s Dragon Boat Festival will take place on Saturday 5th September 2020.

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