The Dragon Boat Race hit the shores of Goldsworth Park Lake for another successful year!

And it is a win for our Dutch twin! The annual Dragon Boat Race hit Goldsworth Park Lake, in Woking yesterday, for another successful year to raise funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Sponsored by Trident Honda and in memory of Kris Cook, 12 teams took to the waters, bringing out a healthy competitive side, and fantastic atmosphere.

After an exciting day of heats, it was the Amstelveense Stadtdraken team who won first place, from our twin town in Holland. Closely second came Seymour Estate Agents, followed by REG Varney Rowing Club. All the teams were exceptional with only 17 seconds between the first and last team.

Many gathered in the sunshine watching the teams compete against one another as well as enjoying the activities and hospitality on the lake side. There was a bouncy castle, BBQ, tombola, stalls and much more to entertain and raise funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Phil Wormley, the director of Fundraising, comments: “As a charity who heavily rely on voluntary income, raising £4,500 alone on the day will make a huge difference. We deliver specialist palliative care to over 1,400 patients with life-limiting and terminal illnesses each year across six Surrey Boroughs and we would not be able to do it without the generosity of our supporters.

“On behalf of all of us at the hospice I extend a huge thank you to our event sponsor, Trident Honda and to the teams who took part in the Dragon Boat Race.”

The Dragon Boat Race dates back 2000 years throughout southern China and is now taken place annually for 20 centuries. It is a water sport that has attracted the international scene with its religious ceremonies and folk customs. Before every race, a ritual is performed as a good luck charm for all the teams.

Please see full video of the day below:

For more information please go to our website www.wsbhospices.co.uk.

To register your interest to take part in 2018, please contact Rachel Barnett by email: r.barnett@wsbhospices.co.uk or call the fundraising team on: 01483 881752