Hard g-raft pays off as river race pays out

Children and staff from Market Deeping Community Primary School with Deepings Raft Race Committee members and beneficiaries at a cheque presentation featuring the school's winning banner in a design competition for the race.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Children and staff from Market Deeping Community Primary School with Deepings Raft Race Committee members and beneficiaries at a cheque presentation featuring the school's winning banner in a design competition for the race. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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The biggest event of the year in the Deepings has produced a healthy profit for three charities nominated by organisers.

About £3,600 was raised from this year’s Deepings Raft Race in August where about 35 teams took part in a series of races on the River Welland between Deeping St James and Market Deeping.

Children from Market Deeping Community Primary School, who won a competition to design a banner for the race, joined race organisers, parish and town councillors for a cheque presentation ceremony at the school.

The money raised has been shared between Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, Parkinson’s UK, a national charity promoting and supporting research into Parkinson’s Disease and the critical care unit at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals.

Andy Pelling of the Deepings Raft Race Committee said: “The cheque presentation event was the culmination of a year’s work on the 2014 Deepings Raft Race and represents the hard work of the committee in raising the funds.

“This year’s race was probably the best event ever as the weather was kind to us, we had a record turnout and there was a number of additional, fringe events going on.”

Plans are being made for next year’s race on Sunday, 
August 2, when the theme will be cartoon characters.