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Peterborough based business XL Displays have raised just over of £3,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice after taking part in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival.
A total of 48 teams took part in the annual boat race and raised a collective total of over £32,000. It was the biggest the race has been in 10 years.
The money that XL Displays and other local businesses who took part have raised will go towards funding hospice nurses, essential medical supplies, bereavement counselling, hospice care and other vital services that the hospice provides.
XL Displays partnered with Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall in 2017 and have raised over £8,300 for them so far.
The company entered two teams in the race – Anchor Buoys who finished 12th and Naughty Oars who finished in 45th place.
The Naughty Oars were the only all-female team out of the 48 who entered, which is something they are extremely proud of given their director, Joanne Bass, is a keen advocate for women’s rights and equal representation.
After the races were over, Team XL were all relieved to be back on dry land under their branded 3×4 pop-up gazebo and shaded by their promotional flags to eat their lunch bags generously donated by Chef De La Maison. They definitely needed refuelling, that’s for sure!
XL Displays were a tad disappointed to not win the best-dressed award at the festival given that their graphics and production team worked hard to make them customised branded t-shirts. Nevertheless, they looked trendy on land – even if they did look a bit out of their depth in the boats!
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is part of the larger Sue Ryder Group and provides care for terminally ill patients with a wide variety of illnesses.
It is the only specialist palliative inpatient care unit in the city of Peterborough, and many people within the city have close connections to the hospice.
A number of staff at XL Displays have personal connections to Thorpe Hall and that is why the business decided to partner with the charity.
XL Displays routinely fundraise for the hospice throughout the year, and have already taken part in the 5k Inflatable Run and Dragon Boat Race this year, raising over £4,000 in 2018 alone.
The company will continue to fundraise for Thorpe Hall and are confident they can raise over £10,000 for the hospice this year.