Last chance to enter Leeds’ Dragon Boat Race

Dragon boat racing in 2011 at Roundhay Park.

Dragon boat racing in 2011 at Roundhay Park.

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Time is running to enter a team into the spectacular Dragon Boat Race at Roundhay park next weekend.

Daredevils have until noon on Monday to register for the annual 200m rowing race in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Stickyeyes' team: Back, from left: Gavin Dickinson, Raoul Devers, Phil Kissane, Anne-Christine Charigault, Richard Hird, James Pierechod; Front, from left: Marion Meudal, Jonathan Hemingway, Louise Bannersten, Jamie Shield

Stickyeyes' team: Back, from left: Gavin Dickinson, Raoul Devers, Phil Kissane, Anne-Christine Charigault, Richard Hird, James Pierechod; Front, from left: Marion Meudal, Jonathan Hemingway, Louise Bannersten, Jamie Shield

More than 450 people are expected to take to the water, watched by several hundred spectators, to race in 30ft brightly-painted Chinese boats on Waterloo Lake at the park on Sunday May 17. The 20 plus teams will be representing local businesses and organisations from across Yorkshire, including Leeds-based digital marketing agency Stickyeyes.

The brave crew will be donning fancy dress inspired by Disney film The Little Mermaid - a theme chosen by their office colleagues.

Stickyeyes’ entry into the race is their latest fundraising venture in aid of the Boston Spa hospice, after previous events including the Leeds Abbey Dash and various cooking contests.

Marion Meudal, of Stickyeyes, said: “We have been supporting Martin House for almost a year now and it is a really important charity for us.

“It helps families who have a child with a life limiting condition to live a life as normal as possible, together, by providing support and care for each individual.

“This charity relies only on people’s donations so it is even more important for us to make this event as big as possible.”

Other companies taking part on Sunday include event sponsors First Group and Unite.

Caroline Hudson, of Martin House, said: “Hopefully many local companies and organisations will follow suit and sign up to take a boat at our event in May. Through their generosity we hope to raise over £30,000. Corporate support is so important to the hospice and we would like to thank all companies for getting behind this event.”

To enter, visit the website at www.martinhouse.org.uk or call 01937 844569.

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