The Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation, part of Newcastle Hospitals Charity, has benefited by more than £10,000 thanks to Newcastle NE1’s first Corporate Dragon Boat Race Day.
More than a dozen businesses gathered at the city’s Quayside for the event in late September.
Businesses, as well as Newcastle Hospitals Charity, competed on the River Tyne by paddling in dragon-themed boats, racing to finish first.
Thanks to fundraising at the event, the £10,000 milestone was successfully reached, and the money will support young patients and their families from across the North East who rely on the services of The Great North Children’s Hospital.
Newcastle Hospitals Charity and Newcastle NE1 have paid tribute to everyone involved for their fundraising efforts.
Philip Bithell, Newcastle Hospitals Charity’s Fundraising Manager, said: “The charity team had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the event.
“We are absolutely delighted with the amazing fundraising efforts and so thankful all businesses and individuals involved at the Newcastle NE1 Corporate Dragon Boat Race Day.
“The money raised will go a long way to supporting young patients and their families from across the North East who rely on the important services the The Great North Children’s Hospital provides.”
Jack Ryan, the captain of Newcastle Hospitals Charity’s team on the Tyne, said: “We all had an amazing time at Newcastle NE1’s Corporate Dragon Boat Race.
“We were blown away by the organisation of such a well-run event, as well as the support we were shown by everyone there.
“We would like to thank everyone who chose to donate.”
Ben Whitfield, Director of Communications at Newcastle NE1 Ltd, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have raised over £10,000 from our inaugural corporate NE1 Dragon Boat Race day.
“16 businesses from across the city took part in what was a fantastic and fun day and helped raise a huge amount of money for such a worthy cause.
“We have been blown away by people’s generosity and look forward to hosting the event again next year.”
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