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Paddles at the ready!

This Saturday, sixteen brave paddlers – and one very brave drummer – from Better Start Bradford will take to the River Aire in Saltaire to battle it out against 40 organisations from across the Bradford district in the annual Bradford Dragon Boat Festival.

Not widely known for their rowing prowess, the team from Better Start Bradford and the Bradford Innovation Hub – or ‘Better Start Paddling’ as they will be known on the day – are aiming high and will be doing their best not to come last.

The important thing of course is that they are raising money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which this last year has been supporting the Down Syndrome Training & Support Service (DST & SS) in Bingley and the Wishing Well Appeal.

You can sponsor the team here (at the time of writing they have reached £420 of their £500 target) and provide general moral support via Twitter and Facebook! If you’re not quite sure if they deserve your support, here’s a little run-down of their special qualities and race tactics…

The Team


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