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Daisy Chain Regatta Draws Huge Crowds to Tees Barrage

On Saturday 7th July Tees Barrage International White Water Centre hosted the annual Daisy Chain Regatta.

A vast crowd of people gathered in the sunshine on the banks of the River Tees to show their support for the teams taking part in the bellboating event. Teams of eight took their places in the bellboats for the fun competition which raises funds for Daisy Chain every year to support families affected by autism.

The competition was fierce this year with teams from Mercedes Benz Of Teesside, Barclays Bank, Barclaycard, Clicksco, Watson Woodhouse solicitors, PD Ports, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, the National Probation Service, CF Fertilisers UK and Daisy Chain all taking up oars to raise funds.

After a series of heat races and semi-finals PD Ports were the deserved winners as one of their two teams took the trophy at the annual Daisy Chain Boat Race. They pipped Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company and Clicksco to the post in a close-run final. In addition to the prestigious trophy, the winning team also received a voucher each for a white-water rafting experience at Tees Barrage.

Katy Carmen, fundraising and communications manager at Daisy Chain, said: “Every year the event gets bigger with the teams growing ever more competitive while still being a fun event for all the family to come along and see the teams battle it out. It’s also an important fundraiser in the Daisy Chain calendar with each team raising a minimum of £400 to take part. It was fantastic to see so many companies taking part, without this kind of support we couldn’t offer our services to the 2,000 families registered with us. A big congratulations to our winners PD Ports.”

Chris Gibbens, Centre Manager at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre said “It was a privilege to host this great event yet again and we are glad that we are able to support a local charity in order to help raise money and awareness for autism.”

For more information about the great work that Daisy Chain do in the local area click here.

To enquire about hosting a charity event at Tees Barrage enquire here or contact 01642 678000.

10th July 2018