Hub gets ready to paddle


For the first time ever, The Hub on Rye Hill is entering a team into Bewl Water’s Charity Dragon Boat Race, to fundraise for The Hub’s Buy a Brick Campaign.

Rye Hospital is in the middle of building a new Wellbeing Community Centre, The Hub on Rye Hill. This will provide essential healthcare and community facilities and activities for Rye, with physiotherapy, counselling, healthcare provision, yoga and Pilates classes, and much more. Further details will be confirmed as the building reaches completion in December 2019.

The hospital has raised an incredible £1.8 million to date, but now needs the help of the community to raise the final £50,000. A good start has been made. So far £14,000 of the £50,000, has been raised, which is brilliant and the hospital thanks everyone who has donated, but it continues to need public help to raise the final £36,000.

Poster for the Dragon Boat Festival

So, 17 amazing, generous people, some local, some from further afield, will give up their Saturday on September 7 to enter the race. Team members include local residents Michael Sweeney and Ian McKie from the Old Borough Arms, Jacqui Maxted, Lucy Stone, Nick Hanna, Hugh Harwood, Scott Mason and Richard Oaten amongst others. They will spend the day testing their stamina and strength, as well as getting soaking wet, competing in three timed races to try to reach the final and help raise a little bit more money for The Hub.

The team have set themselves a target of £2,000. We would like to say a huge thank you to The Old Borough Arms, our key sponsor, who have kindly sponsored the entry fee, as well as supplying two members of the team. Which means that all further sponsorship will go directly to The Hub. Our fundraising has got off to a good start, raising nearly £500 in the first week. A big thank you goes to all the individuals and shops who have donated so far, including Ethel Loves Me in Rye, who have been very supportive of the campaign, but quite a bit more is needed to reach £2,000.

Can you help? Would you like to sponsor the team?  If you know any of the team or just want to support the whole team and their worthwhile local cause then please visit the Justgiving fundraising page that has been set up.

Your help and support will be much appreciated, especially on the day, when the thought of how much money is being raised for the charity will make all the effort worthwhile. The more money raised, the faster the team might row – or at least that’s the plan. It’s a great family day out, with lots going on beside the dragon boat races, so if you haven’t thought about it, come along and cheer on the Hub team.

Image Credits: Jane Fitch , courtesy of Bewl Water .

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