Disabled children and their families to benefit from £4,000 raised during cardboard boat race on Windermere

The Westmorland Gazette: The pirates make a quick getaway during the event The pirates make a quick getaway during the event

A CARDBOARD boat race event on Windermere has raised nearly £4000 for charity.

A total of £3845 was handed over to the Lake District Calvert Trust on the shores of Lake Windermere.

The trust is a charity which provides holidays for disabled people, their families and friends.

Race sponsors Progression Solicitors of Windermere and event organisers Low Wood Bay Hotel handed over the sum.

Now in its second year and featuring 20 teams, competitors take to England's longest lake in boats made of cardboard.

The event is called the Low Wood No Wood Cardboard Boat Race.

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Handing over the cheque, Anthony Smith of Progression Solicitors, said: "This is exactly the kind of community event we love to support, to see so many people having fun raising money for charity on the day was fantastic.

"Nearly £4,000 for the Calvert Trust from a single day of cardboard boat racing is a massive achievement.”

Those involved thanked Caterkwik for donating £1,000 and Lake District farmers for donating £1,310.

The funds raised will be specifically used for purchasing specialist riding hats and as a bursary for people with learning disabilities - helping to remove financial barriers preventing them from staying at the Trust.

Event organiser Ben Berry for English Lakes Hotels, said: "We couldn’t have had a better day with the fantastic weather."

Lynn Healey from Lake District Calvert Trust thanked participants for their support, saying: “We are very grateful for all those who supported this event. This money goes straight to helping disabled people have adventure, right here in the Lake District."

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