Dragon Boat festival will return to Peterborough for 17th running later this year in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice

Launch of the 2015 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterboroug

Launch of the 2015 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. Picture: Paul Marriott Photography. - Credit: Paul Marriott Photography

A nurse took to the helm of a dragon boat to mark the launch of this year’s Dragon Boat Festival.

Entry has opened for this year's Dragon Boat Festival.

Entry has opened for this year's Dragon Boat Festival. - Credit: Archant

A nurse took to the helm of a dragon boat to mark the launch of this year’s Dragon Boat Festival.

The festival, now in its 17th year, takes place at Peterborough Rowing Club on June 13.

Up to 50 teams set to battle it out on the 200m course to raise funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall. The Thorpe hall boat will be manned by staff from the hospice.

The Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal still needs £2.5 million to fund the building of a new state of the art hospice to serve the region.

Thorpe Hall’s head of hospice fundraising Lucy Squance, who joined nurse Luan Watts in the boat, said: “This is a really exciting year for us at Thorpe Hall as we look to open our new in patient unit so it’s the perfect year to team up with the Dragon Boat Festival.

“It’s already a really popular event in the city and we’re hoping to get some of our key supporters, quite literally, on board as well as welcoming some Dragon Boat regulars to the Thorpe Hall fold.”

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Director of Festival organisers Gable Events, Carol Lester said: “We’re delighted to have announced Thorpe Hall Hospice as our new festival charity and we’re now hoping to see lots of organisations signing up to join the fun.”

For more information visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/peterborough. To speak to the Thorpe Hall fundraising team call 01733 225999.

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