18th August 2015

Crowds go quackers for river duck race

A duck race from Worcester Bridge held last weekend has been hailed a success, raising £1,200 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The hospice’s annual duck race saw crowds cheer on hundreds of ducks as they raced from Worcester Quayside to the finish line alongside Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, 15th August.

The event, which takes place in association with Worcester Festival, was started by special mascot Puddle Duck who proved to be a clear winner with visiting families.

Hospice supporters adopted 233 ducks, raising £1,200. All proceeds from the race will help St Richard’s Hospice to provide care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and support for their families.

The winners of the race were Small Duck number 38, sponsored by Pat Rowberry from Malvern, and Large Duck number 1, sponsored by Fred and Lara Hill from Cheltenham. The winning fancy dress duck was Safari Duck.

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Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “Our annual duck race is always great fun and this year many people came along to sponsor a duck and cheer as hundreds of ducks were launched from the bridge into the river. We’d like to thank Worcester Festival and our sponsor Puddle Ducks, and of course all the families who cheered on the ducks towards the finish line. The money raised will pay for a patient to receive three days specialist care in our In-patient Unit.”

The St Richard’s Duck Race was kindly sponsored by Puddle Ducks.

Members of Water Rescue UK kindly supported the event, collecting all the ducks at the end of the race.