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All aboard for Shakespeare Lions' raft race

Stratford Editorial 20th Mar, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PADDLERS in this year’s Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions clubs’ raft race are looking to raise more than £10,000 to fund a part-time children’s nurse for a year.

Race committee chairman Peter Fisher said he was hoping as many as 50 teams would take part to ensure they raised the sum needed to fund a part-time specialist children’s nurse for the Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA) – a UK charity fighting heart muscle disease through support, education and campaigning.

CMA’s head of fund-raising Nick Posford said cardiomyopathy was the most common medical cause of sudden death amongst people under 35, affecting one in 500 people.

He added: “We are delighted that the Lions have chosen us as their principal beneficiary this year. A specialist children’s nurse can help young people to live full and active lives by helping them understand the condition and best treatments.”

The race, over seven miles and across two weirs along the River Avon between Wasperton and Stratford, takes place is on Sunday June 22.

It will be the 38th running of the event, and over the years it has raised more than £600,000 for charity.

Local businesses are already offering their support and becoming actively involved.

Also, as in past years, The Lions are inviting bids to hire their class-winning four-person mechanical raft, complete with paddles, which was given to them by a team who represented the Motor Neurone Disease Association and which has won its mechanical class in all of its three races.

Visit www.raftrace.org.uk for further information, entry and sponsorship forms.

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