Charity boat race for air ambulance

Wilkinson team members have taken part in Northampton's annual Rotary Dragon Boat Festival and raised over �220 for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Wilkinson team members have taken part in Northampton's annual Rotary Dragon Boat Festival and raised over �220 for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
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Staff from Wilkinsons stores across Northamptonshire took part in Northampton’s annual Rotary Dragon Boat Festival and raised more than £220 for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Dubbed the ‘Wilkinson Warriors’, 11 team members from the Wilkinson stores in Northampton, Bedford, Market Harborough, Corby and Orton, took part in three races down the River Nene at Midsummer Meadow, Northampton, to raise money for the good cause.

Andrea Atkinson, store manager at the Northampton store, said: “Even though we came a respectable 20 out of 35, the sponsored boat race was a real team effort and a lot of fun, raising much-needed funds for a worthwhile charity.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that we are supporting the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, which we as a team nominated as our regional charity of the year.”

Tracy Grunwell, fundraising manager at the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, said: “Having such a large and community orientated company like Wilkinsons choose us to be its regional charity of the year is truly fantastic for us.

“We are very grateful for all the support that the teams will be giving us over the coming year and look forward to developing this wonderful partnership.”

For more information on the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, visit www.wnaa.co.uk.