National Rubber Duck Day races return to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Following on from last year’s ‘quacking’ success, families in Gloucestershire are once again in for a real ‘tweet’ when National Rubber Duck Day races return to Pittville Park in Cheltenham on Sunday 12th January 2020, to help raise funds in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

People standing and cheering at the water's edge for National Rubber Duck Day
Last year's event was a big hit with local families and raised £2,600 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Volunteers hope they can ‘quack’ last year’s fundraising total

The event, organised entirely by big hearted volunteers and sponsored by Puddle Ducks Gloucestershire, saw hundreds of families descend on Pittville Park to race rubber ducks last year, raising £2,600 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

This year, the fun starts from 10.30am on Sunday 12th January 2020 at Pittville Park boating lake and volunteers hope they can ‘quack’ last year’s fundraising total. Families can enjoy all the fun of the ‘rubber duck’ races setting off at 11am, 11.20am, 11.40am, 12noon and 12.20pm, where they can sponsor a duck at a cost of £3 a duck.

There is also ‘Hook a Duck’ fun, a ‘Name the Duck’ competition and an absolutely ‘quacking’ grand charity raffle with prizes from Cheltenham Racecourse, Batsford Arboretum, Painswick Rococo Gardens and Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. 

There will be lots of tasty food and drink to enjoy from The Boathouse Café and The Woozy Pig, all mixed with a dash of family fun entertainment!

National Rubber Duck Day 2019 | Video by Glos Info

The ducks have spent the last year in training

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice volunteer, Paulette Vallois, helps organise the event. She said, “Last year’s event went swimmingly and was a real fun filled family day out raising lots of money for the wonderful Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. The ducks have spent the last year in training and they are ready to take to the water once more for some quacking great fun!”

“If you’re looking for a fun day out in the New Year then you need look no feather! Wrap up warm, pull on your wellies and come on down to join us.”

Charlie Homer Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice added, "Cheltenham is well known for the Cheltenham Races, but it’s well known with local families for its Rubber Duck Racing too! We hope there’ll be a 'quacking' turnout just like last year supporting all those families who need our expert and compassionate palliative care and bereavement support." 

“Huge thanks to our team of amazing volunteers who have been working so hard to bring the Rubber Duck Races back to Cheltenham again in 2020.”

 

Find out more about Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Gloucestershire's only palliative care inpatient unit, and how you can help them continue to be there when it matters most for people who are living with a life-limiting condition.