Streams of supporters help raise thousands of pounds for local hospice at city’s sell-out dragon boat festival  
Streams of supporters help raise thousands of pounds for local hospice at city’s sell-out dragon boat festival  

An ‘ore-some’ more than £33,000 has been raised so far for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at this year’s Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival following another successful event which saw 48 teams take to the water last weekend. 

The annual boat race now in its 23rd year was held at Peterborough Rowing Club, Thorpe Meadows on Saturday 10 June, with The DL Dragons from David Lloyd Peterborough scooping top spot in the Mixed Crew Champions and the Smurfit Kappa Dragons from Whittlesey packaging manufacturers, Smurfit Kappa, taking gold in the Champions finale. 

There were also prizes for the best dressed crew, won by the SDM Speed Dragons from SDM Fabrication Limited, who wowed crowds with their Gangsta Granny outfits created from items bought at the Sue Ryder charity shop in March.  

In addition, a special prize of a 15-hole crazy golf experience at Glo Golf Peterborough was presented to the PCML Group who, for the second year running, raised the most for the hospice totting up a total £6575.  

Nilesh Patel, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice said, “We’re so grateful to everyone who made a splash at this year’s Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival helping us to raise an incredible more than £33,000 and counting so we can continue to be there when it matters.  

“A special thanks to festival organisers NewWave, our sponsor Hotpoint and media partner ESP Magazine for their support and promotion. Not forgetting our amazing team of staff and volunteers for their invaluable help on the day. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone back at the lake again next year!” 


Alicja Mierzejewska, Executive Director at NewWave Events, organisers of the dragon boat festival, said: “The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival was a great success on Saturday, and we are thrilled that once again, the event raised so much money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. The sun was shining, and all 48 teams did brilliantly on the water. We can’t wait to start planning for the 2024 event, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!” 

Ian Moverley, Communications Director from Hotpoint, said: “We were thrilled to sponsor the 2023 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival once again and continue our support raising vital funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. We’re glad to have helped be part of an amazing day and are already looking forward to the 2024 festival.” 

If the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival has inspired you to raise money for Sue Ryder please email, call 01733 225999 or visit 

The full results were as follows: 

Mixed Crew Champions:  

  • Third place, Roythornes Raiders – Roythornes Limited  
  • Second place, Amazon Griffins – Amazon  
  • First place, The DL Dragons – David Lloyd Champions 



  • Fourth place: SDM Speed Dragons, SDM Fabrication – 79.58  
  • Third place, The Swedish House Mafia, IKEA – 79.21 
  • Second place, Kan Do Heverything, KDH Projects – 78.94 
  • First place, Smurfit Kappa Dragons, Smurfit Kappa – 78.55 


About Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice 

  • Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is the only specialist palliative care inpatient unit in Peterborough. 
  • We provide expert palliative care and support for people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. 
  • Our multi-disciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, complementary therapy, bereavement counsellors, and psychological and spiritual support. 
  • We also offer a variety of other services, including a Hospice at Home service for people who prefer to receive palliative care at home, family and bereavement support, complementary therapies and spiritual care. 
  • Our staff and volunteers provide people with the compassion and expert care they need, to help them live the best life they can.