AF&RS hopes to raise over £1,500 for Caring in Bristol

Staff from Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) are hoping to raise over £1,500 for charity when they defend their dragon boat title this Sunday (09/06).

The Service-wide team – ‘Team 300’ - will be starting their second title defence at 12.30 at Bristol Docks and will spend the day raising money for Caring in Bristol.

Consisting of 16 crew members and a drummer, with three reserves in the wings, the team is completely self-funded and to date has raised £450 for 2019’s chosen charity.

Competing two years ago, the fire service smashed the event with a time of 52.40 seconds in the semi-final heat, the fasted time in the event’s 17-year history, before going on to win in the final.

They subsequently went on to retain their title last year and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees presented the team with mementoes of their win.

Rich Wheeler, captain of Team 300, said: “This is a fantastic event and it helps makes a real difference in the community by bringing so many people together to raise money for a great charity.

“We’ve won it two years in a row now, setting the course record and we are hoping to take home the win once again. Anyone is welcome to come and challenge! We welcome the competition!

“We are proud of the communities we serve and will always do what we can to help. Caring in Bristol is a fantastic charity that helps people from all over the city and anything we can do to help will go a long way.

“Come along and support us on the day – we will be on the docks throughout the day and there will even be a BBQ!”

The Dragon Boat Festival is organised by the Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast and has been running for 18 years.

There are 30 corporate teams taking part this year and each team has to raise over £1,000 for the Rotary Club's chosen charity, which this year is the homeless charity 'Caring in Bristol'.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/AFRSspartan300