Like a duck to water

14th February 2018

The (almost) aptly-named Swan Inn in Bibury, Gloucestershire was the waterside setting last Friday for the presentation to the winner of the annual Bibury Boxing Day Duck Race

Duck Race blog

Our Regional Fundraiser Carrie Bater was on hand to gratefully receive a whopping cheque for £1,900 from lucky winner Paul Gentry (centre) and Les Smith, chairman of Bibury Cricket Club, the event organiser.

The annual event, which began about 30 years ago, sees 150 full-sized numbered decoy ducks take part in the race over a fixed course of the River Coln. Entry is £10, with the winner scooping the prize for a charity of their choice.

There’s also a second race using small yellow plastic ducks which costs £1 to enter with prizes for the first 20 finishers and the last duck to complete the course.

Emotional experience

Paul, who was staying at the Swan Hotel over Christmas with his wife Helen, sadly lost his daughter Izzy to meningitis in May 2016. “You can appreciate the win was quite an emotional experience,” he said. “I think Izzy was actually pushing the duck along.”

Carrie added: “We’re really grateful to Paul for his kind donation and his continuing support of our work. Since the tragic death of his daughter Paul has tirelessly raised money for us and awareness of this devastating disease – we cannot thank him enough for his efforts. This latest donation will help us continue our vital work.” 

Read more about the event and Paul’s victory.

Read Izzy’s story.

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