On Sunday 15th June, Warrington based, Sharples Group took part in the annual Chester Charity Dragon Boat Race, on what was a glorious summer’s day, to raise over £1000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
The team, ‘The Sharples Group Stingrays’, raced against 18 teams from around the country to come an overall sixth. David Griffiths, Sharples Group Director said, ‘We were really pleased with our fastest lap time of just over one minute, an excellent result considering we were two team members down, one with a bad back and another who’s partner went into labour. We had a great day out which was backed up by the knowledge that our sponsorship money will go towards a really good cause.’
The Stingrays were back at work on Monday at their offices based on Woolston Grange, where Sharples Group employ over 30 people supplying, installing and maintaining office equipment.
Dragon boating is one of the UK’s fastest growing water sports and was originally introduced to the UK from China as a community sport and was quickly recognised as an ideal sport for fund raising. The boats usually hold 18 team members, 16 ‘rowers’, someone to steer and one ‘drummer’ to keep the team rowing together.
Claire House Children’s Hospice care for children with life threatening or life limiting conditions from Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man. They are dedicated to enhancing quality of life, providing specialist respite, palliative, terminal and bereavement care.
Claire House needs to raise £2 million every year to keep the doors of the hospice open and the Sharples Group are glad to be helping the charity reach their target by their participation in the event and with their donations of over £1000.