Watson Buckle raises thousands of pounds for a local charity at Bradford Dragon Boat Festival

A team of accountants from innovative firm, Watson Buckle, have made a big splash at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival by raising almost £3,000 for their chosen charity, the Neonatal Unit for Bradford Hospitals Charity.

Taking 3rd place out of 39 teams at the UK’s largest Dragon Boat Festival, the 17 strong team members from Watson Buckle paddled their hearts out to raise money for the charity at the festival which was held on Sunday 23 June at Roberts Park in Saltaire.

The decision to raise money for the Neonatal unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary was made after Associate Director, Gillian Craven, experienced their care first-hand in 2018 when her son Rafe was born three months early and was cared for there.

Now, with Rafe having just celebrated his first birthday in April, the firm decided to thank the hospital’s specialist neonatal unit by selecting the hospital’s charity as their chosen Charity of the Year for 2019.

Gillian and her colleagues hope that the money raised for the race can be added to their grand total during 2019 and be used to help fund state of the art equipment and provide the best care and comfort for the people that receive assistance from the neonatal unit.

Speaking about the team’s participation in the festival, Gillian said: “We had a fantastic time taking part in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival and the team were really driven to win by those who came to cheer us on.

“We were really excited to be placed 3rd and we were delighted that we have raised so much for this wonderful unit who saved my son’s life last year.

“The team at Bradford Royal Infirmary worked so hard to support our family and help Rafe when he was born, I can’t begin to thank them enough for what they did.

“We hope that our ongoing fundraising for the Bradford Hospitals Charity will help us to raise even more money to help others who find themselves in a similar situation.”

Donations to Watson Buckle’s fundraising page are still open and can be made here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wb-dragons