Family fun at charity duck race
FAMILIES turned out for a duck race in aid of a well-loved local charity.
More than 100 people took part in the Great Langley Boxing Day Duck Race in aid of the Rossendale Trust on Hollin Lane in Sutton, which supports adults with learning and physical disabilities.
Residents filed out of their homes at lunchtime to head to the St Dunstan Inn to sponsor plastic ducks. These were dropped from the bridge to race down the river, finishing at the stepping stones. When the results were in, rosettes were awarded in the pub.
The Langley community is familiar with a duck race at the annual summer fair but this was the first winter duck race, organised by resident Rosemary Attenborough.
Rosemary said: “It was a big success and we raised £282 for Rossendale. The recent rain meant that the water was fast flowing so the ducks bobbed along very rapidly once they had escaped the perils of the weir in this extreme duck race.
“Lots of families came onto the field with excited children helping to catch them at the finish.”
Sue Heaven, head of fundraising at the Rossendale Trust, thanked Rosemary for organising the event.
She said: “It was wonderful to see families coming out on Boxing Day to support us and it really helps raise awareness. It was a great way to have fun and also to raise money for the trust along the way.”
Will Cantlie, who is landlord at the St Dunstan Inn, said the pub was glad to host the event.
He said: “We sold all the ducks and everyone seemed to enjoy it for a great local charity.”
The Rossendale Trust provides care and support for adults with learning and physical disabilities.
To know more call 01260 252500 or visit rossendaletrust.org.
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●● The ducks are rounded up at the Great Langley Boxing Day Duck Race