Coracle World Championships raises £29,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support charity

Macmillan Coracle World Championships Fundraising Photo

More than £29,500 has been raised as a result of this year’s Macmillan Coracle World Championships held on the River Severn in Shrewsbury in September… as well as a new world record.

It followed the successful event at the Pengwern Boat Club at which 160 competitors took to the round shaped coracle craft to cross to the banks of the river between the club and the Quarry Park and back.

The event, supported by local company Invertek Drives Ltd, has now raised a total of over £380,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support services since the championships began in 2007.

Adrian Ellam, CEO of Welshpool-based Invertek Drives Ltd, praised the organisers and competitors on their achievements. “We’ve supported the event for two years now and it never ceases to amaze me how much it raises for such a vital and worthwhile charity. We were pleased to have several teams in the event who supported fundraising and helped make the day such a success."

Jayney Davies, Chair of the organising committee, said: “The hard work of our volunteers, competitors, and the support of the public who came and watched the event has paid off yet again, helping raise much needed money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“We’d like to thank all the businesses who supported this year’s event by entering teams and helping fundraise towards the total we’ve achieved, in addition to the ongoing support of Invertek Drives who were our main supporters.”

The championships was won by Team Tit-Tanic, a team from Shropshire Paddlesport Club, in a world record time of four minutes 21 seconds.

Kate Thomas, Macmillan Relationship Fundraising Manager for the West Midlands who helped organise the event, said: “The money raised through the coracle championships funds vital services in Shropshire and the surrounding area for people living with cancer and their families.

“Events such as this and the support they receive are vital for us to continue our work at Macmillan. We’d like to thank everyone involved who helped raise such an amazing figure. We’ve now raised more than £380,000 since 2007 and we hope to surpass the £400,000 mark next year.”

The date for next year’s Coracle World Championships is on Friday, 13th September 2024 at the Pengwern Boat Club, Shrewsbury.

Caption: Glyn Jones, Technical Director, and Adrian Ellam, CEO of Invertek Drives, with Jayney Davies, Chair of the Coracle World Championships organising committee, Kate Thomas, Regional Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, and Ron Gale of the organising committee

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