Ready and raring to go, Team Captain Beverley from Trinity Hospice tells us all about her team who will be taking part in Dragon Bay. Newbies to the Windermere dragon boating regatta, we’re curious as to how they are preparing for the day!
Tell us about Trinity Hospice and who’s entering into your team
For the last thirty years, Trinity Hospice has offered exceptional palliative care in Blackpool, relieving patients with serious illness from pain. Every year we touch the lives of around 8,000 people in the local community.
We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. All our care is given entirely free of charge, but as a charity with limited government funding we rely heavily on the support of the generous local community.
Our team this year will consist of members and volunteers who work within the Trinity Hospice shops, our ‘Retail Team’.
Why did Trinity Hospice want to get involved?
The Retail Team decided to get involved because Trinity, as a Hospice, receive around £2.5 million a year from local Primary Care Trust.
It costs over £7 million to fund our entire service for one year, so the shortfall must come from the generosity of our supporters in the local community.
So, amongst other events and fundraising the retail shops get involved with, we decided to challenge ourselves, whilst having fun and raising much needed funds.
Did you take part last year?
No, but Trinity Retail have some volunteers who have been members of Paddlers for Life Windermere for some years.
Do you have a team name yet?
We do! We are the ‘Tidal Wave Warriors’
Which charity/charities will you be fundraising for and why?
We will be raising money for Trinity Hospice Palliative Care service which also supports Brian House Children’s Hospice (our specialist unit within Trinity Hospice specialising in palliative care for children). The Hospice is based at Low Moor Road, Bispham, Blackpool.
Will your team be dressing up for the day?
Of course, dressing up is compulsory, not an option.
Who in your team is the most competitive?
Our Retail Team consists of members from our 15 hospice shops so we are all very competitive – in a friendly way!
The New Zealanders have the Hakka in rugby. Will your team have a war cry to stir terror and thus win the Dragon Bay trophy?
We certainly do but it’s a secret!!
Favourite dragon from a film/book/TV/anywhere?
The most famous dragon of all of course – St George and the Dragon.
Anything else interesting to share about preparations for Dragon Bay?
The majority of our team have never been in a dragon boat before so we are looking forward to our intense training schedule and practising our Hakka.
Also Trinity are organising a trip from the local hospice to support us when we win!