Melton businesses and clubs encouraged to take part in Dragon Boat Challenge for Rainbows

The Dragon Boat Challenge, now in its eighth year, has become one of the key attractions of the Nottingham Riverside Festival EMN-160324-103615001

The Dragon Boat Challenge, now in its eighth year, has become one of the key attractions of the Nottingham Riverside Festival EMN-160324-103615001

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Companies, clubs and organisations from across the Melton borough are being encouraged to take to the water by signing up for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge.

Now in its eighth year the event, set to take place on the River Trent on Sunday August 7, raises funds the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People - the only hospice in the East Midlands to provide care and support to children and young people with life-limited and terminal illnesses, including those from Leicestershire.

Among the early Dragon Boat Challenge entrants this year is a team from the cardiology department at Grantham Hospital and a team from Rainbows Hospice.

The top fundraising teams for Rainbows will win the Charity Trophy plus a special prize meal kindly donated by The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen, situated at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

To take part in the Dragon Boat Challenge and help raise money for Rainbows, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm.

The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

For more information and an entry form visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham