AgeUK help launch Dragon 
Boat Festival

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It may be unlucky for some but organisers of the 13th Milton Keynes Dragon Boat festival are confident it will be the best ever.

The annual festival was officially launched at Age UK’s offices in Peartree Bridge, on Friday.

Age UK is this year’s beneficiary of the popular event which is to be held at Willen Lake on Sunday, June 22, with 60 teams racing across the water in dragon boats to raise money for the charity.

The Milton Keynes event is one of the biggest of its kind in the country with hundreds of spectactors lining the banks of the lake to cheer the teams on.

The festival is managed by Gable Events. Director Merklyn Hauck, said: “Each year we run several dragon boat festivals across the country, but the Milton Keynes event is the largest and delivers a great spectacle for both participants and spectators.

“We love coming to Milton Keynes as there is always such enthusiasm from the teams – both regular returners and first timers. And, over the years, they have also invested a lot of time and effort raising money for the benefiting charities that contribute so much to the local community.”

AgeUK Milton Keynes works with and for older people to make a difference to their wellbeing and quality of life.

Chief executive, Jane Palmer, said: We get no external funding for this essential service which costs £70,000 a year to run.

“We support several thousand older people each year, helping to resolve a wide range of concerns and provide much-needed independent advice for free.

“Last year our advisers helped older people in MK claim £1.5 million in benefits that would otherwidse have gone unclaimed.

“The festival welcomes back many established teams and encourages everyone to get together a team of enthusiastic fun-loving colleagues or friends.There is always space for new teams to enter.”

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