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The sun was shining over Salford Quays on Good Friday as over 850 bright yellow ducks – our biggest number yet for this event – took to the water for the MedEquip4Kids Quays Duck Race.

The event raised over £5,000 for the charity, which will be used to provide medical equipment and facilities to improve children’s healthcare in local hospitals.

The lucky duck to cross the finish line first won its owner a meal and drinks for four at The Alchemist.

In a separate race, the creatively decorated mega-ducks sponsored by the business community competed for first place, which was won by local office agents Canning O’Neill.

The fun-filled afternoon also featured a climbing wall, face painting, fairground rides, and delicious food and drink stalls to keep all the family happy. This year we were treated to a fantastic performance from the Rock Choir, while children’s entertainer Louby Lou worked her magic with our young visitors. Thank you to both of the above for kindly giving up their time for us.

Ghazala Baig, Chief Executive of MedEquip4Kids says: “It was fantastic to see such an amazing turnout this year for our annual Easter duck race. The funds raised will help us make a real different to children’s health. We hope all our visitors had a great time and we’ll look forward to welcoming you back next year.”

We’d also like to thank everyone who donated prizes, contributed to running the event and ensured our safety around the waterside, in particular Salford Fire Station, Maritime Service Volunteers, and St Johns Ambulance.

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“The specialist treatment chairs are a new vital resource for the therapy team and nursing staff to be able to safely and comfortably sit extremely complex, dependant, critical care patients out of bed. The chairs allow us to begin the patient’s rehabilitation journey by providing appropriate postural support at the same time as pressure relief to allow the patient to build the muscle strength to hold themselves up against gravity. This allows them to begin to interact with their environment in a more normal way, enabling them to participate in meaningful activities such as meal times and activities of daily living.”

Physiotherapy Team
Critical Care Unit
Royal Preston Hospital

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