Places are available for teams of paddlers to partake in the 15th annual Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival on June 19th to raise money for Age UK.

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the local region are preparing teams together ready to do battle for the event, which will be held at Willen Lake. For some companies, they’re drawn by the thrill of the competition, while others enter for a fun staff day and the opportunity to raise vital funds for charity.

David Burchell, Managing Director of Lanes Sales & Rentals in Milton Keynes, is set to take part and he explained why his team keeps coming back for more.

He said, “It is undoubtedly MK’s best event. We enter predominately as a fun day out and for team building. Of course it will also raise our company profile and allow some networking on the day. It’s a great day and everyone enjoys the atmosphere. What other sporting event can you warm up for with a burger in one hand and beer in the other!”

Last year, over £22,000 was raised for Festival charity Age UK Milton Keynes and the teams have a very special incentive to raise as much money as possible thanks to The Swan at Salford.

Frazer Sutherland, representing Peach Pubs who run The Swan, explained the winning team will be in for a prize.

He commented, “The 15th MK Dragon Boat Festival is going to be a fantastic day out for all the family with the excitement of the racing and all the fun that goes with it, and we’re adding our voice to the organisers’ call for as many people as possible to get a crew together and see if they can win. Age UK Milton Keynes is a great local cause and we look forward to serving a feast to the winning crew back at the pub.”

This event is being held at a critical time for older people in the community, and Age UK Milton Keynes provides vital services to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness amongst the 14,000 local people and their families that they support every year.

No previous experience is required for the event, and the dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided, while each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. As well as this, for non-competitors, there will also be a variety of bankside entertainment to enjoy such as funfair rides, children’s activities, food stalls and even a flypast from a Battle of Britain Spitfire.

For further information and an entry form visit: www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/miltonkeynes or call Gable Events on 01780 470 718. For information about Age UK Milton Keynes visit www.ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk or call 01908 550700