Somerset-based property developer Summerfield has donated £5,000 to local brain injury charity Headway Somerset in order to support their annual Dragon Boat Festival, which is being held on the River Tone in Taunton this June.
The third dragon boat race is being hosted by Headway Somerset on Sunday 7 June from 10am to 3.30pm. It is the main fundraising event for the charity, but it also offers the opportunity for other Somerset-based charities and not-for-profit groups to raise money by entering their own teams.
The event has proven to be hugely successful in previous years, with up to 20 traditional Chinese row boats, which are helmed by The Dragon Boat Company, taking a 250-metre route from the Bridge on the River Tone towards the Cricket Club, and last year’s race raised over £21,000.
James Holyday, director at Summerfield, commented on the donation:
“Summerfield selected Headway Somerset as one of its charities to support during 2015 because they do some really incredible work helping to rehabilitate adults with brain injury and also supporting their families.
“The dragon boat festival really is a fantastic event to take part in and it’s great fun to watch. I’m pleased that our £5,000 will help to make this year’s event another huge success for everyone involved.”
Hilary Dicks, chief executive at Headway Somerset, commented:
“I am extremely grateful to Summerfield for their most generous donation that will ensure the 2015 Dragon Boat Festival is even bigger and better than in previous years. Our fundraising target for 2015 is over £140,000 and the festival is a major fundraising opportunity for us and the other charities and not-for-profit groups participating.”
The dragon boat festival is ideal for both experienced crews and complete beginners; no previous experience is necessary in order to participate. Team members aged from 16 years and older can form a crew, with a minimum of 16 paddlers and a drummer in each boat.
With places limited to 20 teams, anyone interested in finding our more about the festival or entering a team, should contact Samantha Ball on 01823 444829.
Top photo from left to right: Samantha Ball, fundraiser at Headway Somerset, James Holyday, director at Summerfield, and Hilary Dicks, chief executive at Headway Somerset, outside the offices of Headway Somerset in Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton.
Other photo from left to right: Samantha Bell, Hilary Dicks and James Holyday