A team from leading mobility and home healthcare equipment supplier Clearwell Mobility, took part in the annual Dragon Boat Festival dressed as Gangsta Grannies to raise money for charity on Sunday September 8.
The entertaining event at Tilgate Park was the 17th dragon boat festival in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, which helps support terminally ill people in West Sussex and East Surrey. A dragon boat is a boat of a traditional Chinese design and decorated to look like a dragon.
The Clearwell Mobility team set themselves a fundraising target of £1,000 which had already been exceeded before the race. This was through sponsorship pledges and a staff raffle, with the chance to win an extra day’s holiday, causing much excitement from the staff and netting £300.
This year saw 34 teams race across Tilgate Park in a bid to win the Dragon Boat Festival Crown, with Clearwell Mobility taking part in three races against other local businesses.
Duncan Gillett, Clearwell Mobility’s managing director, said: “We had a great day at the festival, meeting the other teams and people linked to St Catherine’s Hospice.
The staff there provide a fantastic service to those in difficult circumstances and
have touched the lives of many families locally and further afield.
“We may have not won the race, but we were keen to help raise donations and so far, we’ve raised more than £1,200. It’s not too late to sponsor us if you’d like to show your support. Visit justgiving.com and search for Clearwell Mobility Ltd.”
Clearwell Mobility’s fancy dress theme came with inspiration from a David Walliams’ 2011 book called Gansta Granny, which saw the team dressed in wigs, thief masks and pearl necklaces.