Firms urged to make waves for charity in Leeds Dragon Boat Race

Leeds Dock will be a riot of colour on Saturday June 27th when the spectacular Leeds Dragon Boat Race returns for the seventh year running.

Businesses and organisations are being urged to get involved with the event, which this year is raising funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Organised by Leeds Dock, teams of up to 20 members - including a drummer - will don fancy dress and race along a stretch of Leeds waterfront in traditional dragon boats with prizes available for the speediest crew and the best dressed.

Among those who have already signed up are Hzolo Residents Group, William Anelay, Google, NHS Shared Business, Thai Leisure Group, Civic Enterprise Leeds, Grant Thornton, Leeds Beckett University as well as the Canal and River Trust.

The race is part of the two-day Leeds Waterfront Festival, which over June 27th and 28th brings the city's waterways to life with an exciting mix of music, performance, food and drink, arts and fun for all the family.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children's and cancer charities, is part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a series of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Lucy Whalley, Leeds Dock Project Co-ordinator, said: "The weekend is always a highlight in the calendar for Leeds Dock as local people, families and businesses get together for a really great festival along the waterfront.

"The boat race is an exciting spectacle for all involved as some experienced crews from the likes of Ward Hadaway Solicitors and the Royal Armouries Museum line up against a host of newcomers, as well as raising a lot of money for the very worthy Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

"We urge local businesses to get signed up for what will be a great day for all involved!"


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Siobhan Curtis, Legacy Manager at the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: "This is a new event for the Appeal and it's been great to see so many teams sign up to take on the challenge.

"The race is a perfect opportunity to get colleagues and friends together for a bit of friendly competition. With only a few remaining places left, we are urging teams to get in touch today and register."

Teams will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Folk and Ale festival taking place over the weekend with lots of food and drink stalls to fuel the celebrations.

For information on how to enter a team for the Leeds Dragon Boat Race, click here

Visitors attending the Leeds Waterfront Festival can use the free Leeds Dock water taxi service from Granary Wharf or the newly launched No 70 First Bus service from Leeds railway station.

On the day, all the action can be followed on Twitter and Instagram using the festival hashtag #LWF2015.