Support Rainbows Hospice: enter a team for the Dragon Boat Challenge

Dragon Boat Challenge Photo by Vanessa Barton Photography

The 2019 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 4th August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region.

Its also a great fundraiser for the Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows: a hospice providing vital care and support to babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses across the East Midlands. so, by taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 400 children and their families.

Up to 50 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course and East Midlands Business Link are proud to be sponsoring the event, so we’ll be doing our utmost to make sure its a huge success and that all companies entering a team get plenty of well-deserved publicity too.

No previous experience is required to take part in the dragon boat challenge, just plenty of team spirit. The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council. Notts TV and Business Link East Midlands are media partners to the Dragon Boat Challenge

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, says, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus the special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and to book your place on the start line please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919or visit