Bury St Edmunds hospice hopes ‘Christmas Quackers’ will be a success
A charity hopes people will flock to witness a sea of green ducks racing down the River Lark, in Bury St Edmunds, at the end of November.
The green-coloured ducks in question will not be of the usual species seen in the Abbey Gardens stretch of river, but will be of the plastic variety normally seen bobbing about in bathtubs.
Green Duck’s Christmas Quackers duck race, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, will give entrants the chance to win Christmas.
Taking place at 3pm on Sunday November 29, the owner of the first duck past the finishing post will win a hamper including a turkey, gravy, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, Christmas pudding and a Christmas tree with lights and decorations.
The second and third-placed ducks will win £50 and £25 Christmas vouchers.
Jordan Hughes, hospice community fund-raiser, said: “This year we wanted to encourage as many as possible to get involved and support the hospice. We hope Christmas Quackers gives people the opportunity to do so.
“A sea of green ducks in the river will be quite a spectacle, so I encourage people to join us to watch the race on November 29.”
Each green duck costs £5, with no limit on the number people can buy.
Every entrant also has the chance to name their duck.
Jordan said: “Duck sales are starting to take off and we’ve had some interesting duck names already, including a ‘Spartacus’.”
Ducks are available to buy online at www.stnicholashospicecare.co.uk/christmas-quackers or on the day in the Abbey Gardens.
All proceeds for the event will go to the hospice thanks to sponsorship from Green Duck IT Support and Services, of Western Way, Bury.
Jordan added: “Thank you to Green Duck for making this event possible and ensuring all the funds come to the hospice.”
Mathew Green, managing director of Green Duck, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Christmas Quackers race to help raise much-needed funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
“Many of the people working here have been personally affected by the amazing support offered by the hospice and this event is the perfect way for us, as a company to get involved. As a local business, we are keen to support our local community and are excited to be a part of such a worthy cause.”