A team of novice rowers from Redrow Homes are hoping they won’t be slain by the dragon when they take part in their first ever boat race for charity.
Sixteen ‘rowers’ and a ‘drummer’, all employees of Redrow Homes (Lancashire) - including members of the company’s commercial and technical teams and site managers - will be taking part in the annual Dragon Boat Race at Preston Docks on August 7th.
Team members are taking up their paddles and pulling together to raise much-needed funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley. Redrow is sponsoring the team and a further £1,000 has been pledged by sub-contractors and other supporters.
Organised annually by North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, the event will involve around 30 teams in Chinese style dragon boats battling it out to be crowned champions in three races of roughly three minutes each, over a stretch of water at Preston Docks.
Nominated team captain Leon Beck is a senior quantity surveyor at Redrow’s offices at Buckshaw Village. He said: “None of us have ever done anything like this before but we were willing volunteers! It looks like fun and a great way to raise money for such a good cause.
“We have read about boats capsizing so we are a little nervous, and while we can’t claim to have had the most punishing of training schedules, we have been doing occasional warm ups on the rowing machines at the David Lloyd Club in Chorley as well as other local gyms, in preparation for the big day.
“We are pleased to be supporting Derian House and will also be holding a sportsman’s dinner for the charity later in the year.”
Redrow has supported Derian House over a number of years, including a donation of more than £12,000 last year from its annual charity ball and £20,000 raised during Redrow’s 40th anniversary year in 2014.
Dragon Boat racing is an activity with its roots in ancient China, traced back more than 2000 years. It involves teams of up to twenty paddlers in a 40 foot boat paddling frantically to beat the other teams down the course. The drums, shouting and colourful boats make it an impressive and exciting sport both to watch and to compete in.
The dragon of Asia has traditionally been a symbol of water. It is said to rule the rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and rains. Racing was originally held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity with the dragon as the object of worship.
Redrow is firmly hoping all misfortunes are averted and the rains stay away on race day!
Information on the dragon boat race can be found at www.evensi.uk
For more information on Redrow Homes in Lancashire visit www.redrow.co.uk/lancashire
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk