On 3rd July 2016 17 members of the Croud Shrewsbury team will be channelling their inner Steve Redgrave to raise money for Severn Hospice. The Severn Hospice Dragon Boat Race takes place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury every year and this year 33 teams have signed up to race 40ft dragon boats, dressed in fancy dress, to compete for the title of Dragon Boat Champions 2016.
Severn Hospice provides much-needed support to cancer patients and their families by providing medical care at home or palliative care via a residential stay in one of their hospices in Shropshire. The hospice relies on fundraising to keep providing this care so events like the Dragon Boat Race are essential in ensuring this care can continue. Elodie Home, Severn Hospice’s Fundraising Events Manager explains why events like this are so important to the hospice:
“Our Dragon Boat Festival is a really exciting event; it’s been part of our events calendar for many years and raises tens of thousands of pounds to support our specialist teams providing care across Shropshire and Mid Wales.
Registration for the 2016 Dragon Boat Festival is now open and we are expecting places to be snapped up quickly. Anyone thinking of entering a team in this year’s race will need to be quick off the mark to ensure they secure a place.
There is always a fantastic atmosphere at our Dragon Boat Festival as hundreds of spectators join us to watch the teams race along the river.
Our mission at Severn Hospice is to provide the best possible care and a better life for people living with an incurable illness, and those closest to them. By taking part in our events, and raising as much sponsor money as possible, you are enabling our hospice to be there for the next family that needs our help.”
Croud’s Training & Development Manager Emma Davies shares her reason why she will be rowing her heart out and raising money for Severn Hospice:
“My Mum was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and after fighting it with all she had, on January 2nd 2003 she entered St Anne’s Hospice in South Wales and spent her last three weeks receiving the best palliative care. I was 25 and my sister was 21 and studying for her finals at University. The support that the hospice gave us and my Dad was second to none. Those last three weeks for me are remembered as a time of laughter, tears, love and an overwhelming feeling of being cared for. I truly believe if she had not been in a hospice for those last weeks it would have been a very different time for us, it allowed us to let others take over the day to day care of Mum so that she could keep her dignity but also allow us to just spend precious time with her. My mum lost her battle on 22nd January 2003, at the age of 49, with her husband and daughters at her side but the care did not stop there. The hospice staff now comforted us, attended Mum’s funeral and checked in on my Dad in the weeks after Mum’s death. I have now been living in Shropshire for 14 years and I believe it is extremely important to support your local hospice – you never know when either you or someone you know will need to call on their superb support and care.”
According to the Macmillan Cancer Support website by the end of 2016 more than a thousand people a day will be diagnosed with cancer in the UK, and I am sure everyone knows someone whose family has been touched by this awful disease. For this reason fundraising for hospices like Severn Hospice is vital, without the much-needed funds they cannot function and help other families who are in need of being given precious time with their loved ones.
So please, help Croud Shrewsbury raise as much money as they can by donating to our Just Giving page today!