A leading Cambridge law firm has entered the city’s Dragon Boat Festival to raise funds for a local children’s hospice-and the team have put out a rallying cry for other companies to take up the challenge.
Lawyers lead the way in EACH Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival
Eversheds in Station Road has entered a team in the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival which will take place on the River Cam at Fen Ditton on September 11th, 2010.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is the official charity of this year’s event and the Eversheds team are hoping other companies will join them to battle it out over the 200m race course watched by thousand of spectators.
Ian Mather, Eversheds Cambridge Senior Partner, said: “Community involvement, such as our sponsorship of EACH, is something which is very popular in the office. Our staff work hard at their day job, but activities such as the Dragon Boat Festival give us all an opportunity to have some fun together as well as raise money and awareness for a very good cause.
Alice Liddle, an Eversheds solicitor who leads community involvement at the company said: “EACH really does provide amazing support, not only for the children with life-threatening illnesses or complex medical needs, but also to their families.”
Staff at Eversheds in Cambridge have also chosen EACH as their local charity of the year and they have a number of fundraising activities planned for the year including coin collections and a World Cup quiz.
The Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival, which is one of the largest charity dragon boat events in the country, has been organised by Gable Events, and is the sixth event of its kind to take place in Cambridge.
Hundreds of companies from across Cambridgeshire have previously discovered the motivational benefits of dragon boat racing. Team bonding starts from the moment the company decides to enter, with colleagues working together on every detail from choosing the crew name to deciding on the fancy dress outfits. Teams can invite clients and suppliers to join the team, they distributing the sponsorship forms and decide who will be responsible for securing the spot on the day- and that’s before you’ve even sat in a boat.
As well as action on the river, there will be plenty of bankside activities to keep teams, families and spectators entertained throughout the day ranging from fun fair rides and inflatables to mini quads and Chinese lion dancing.
Liz Brinsdon, EACH corporate fundraiser, said: “We are delighted Eversheds has entered a team and we hope their support will encourage other companies across the region to take up the challenge and battle it out on the River Cam.
“We are very excited to once again be the official charity of the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival and we hope to exceed the £17,000 we raised through the event last year.
“Relying as we do on voluntary public support for the majority of our funding, any monies raised at the Festival will help us to provide the one-to-one nursing care and support that is so vital to local children and their families.”
The team raising the most money for EACH will win the charity trophy and a special meal at Don Pasquale Italian restaurant in Cambridge city centre. There are also trophies for the top fundraisers, top three crews, best-placed mixed crew and the best-dressed.
Carol Lester of Festival organisers, Gable Events, said: “We are delighted EACH are the beneficiary charity and are keen to continue to promote the excellent work they do with local llife-threatened children and their families. The Festival continues to go from strength to strength so we would strongly urge local companies to sign up as soon as possible”.
EACH aim to maximise the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs, and to support their families. Care and support is delivered in the family home or at one of the three hospices in Quidenham (Norfolk), Milton (Cambs) and Ipswich (Suffolk).
Some children may only have a very short time to live, perhaps only weeks or months, others may reach early adulthood but the EACH aim is always the same – to enhance their quality of life and support their family.
Last year it cost £5.8 million to run all three hospice services - approximately 72% of this was required from voluntary donations.
For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call 01223 205180. Registered charity number 1069284
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.