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On Good Friday 15th April, MedEquip4Kids launched their 7th annual duck race at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, in Salford Quays, Manchester. The event was attended by hundreds of people who flocked to see the yellow rubber ducks take on the event.

With 701 ducklings taking part in the Community Race, and 30 Mega Ducks taking part in the Business Race it was our most successful duck race to date raising £10,000 for our projects.

Ghazala Baig, CEO of MedEquip4Kids said “Wow! I’m blown away by the support we have received this year. After postponing the duck race for two years because of the COVID19 pandemic it feels so good to be back at the Quays. We’re hoping to build on this success next year to grow our event, watch this space!”

Thank you to our corporate partners

A big thank you must go to our corporate supporters without whom this event would not have been possible. Each company committed to sponsoring a duck for £250, which they could dress up, brand and design to represent their company in the race. It was a great year for creativity with ducks dressed as the Cheshire Cat (The Cheshire Quack), Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the HedgeDuck), and even Freddy Mercury (The Bohemian Quacksody).

Lucky winners

There were winners a plenty at the Duck Race with BBK Partnership Barnet winning ‘fastest duck’ in the corporate duck race, and The Doctors Laboratory (pictured below) picked up the award for ‘best dressed duck’ with their duck, The Quacken.

Winners from the community race were gifted tickets to The Lowry, a year’s supply of Irn Bru and a cocktail masterclass for four people at The Alchemist Salford Quays.

The Doctors Laboratory team

Interested in being part of the duck race in 2023?

We are always looking for new corporates to partner with for the duck race. If you’d like to be part of it, please email info@medequip4kids.org.uk. If you’re a member of the public who would like to join in the community race why not sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with all of our events? You can sign up at the bottom of our home page https://www.medequip4kids.org.uk/

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“This donation has enabled us to use more varied and useful therapeutic toys and games when working with children and young people with mental health difficulties, as well as using extra clinic rooms which are now more child-friendly. This has helped reduced anxiety about coming to CAMHS and meant that family therapy can be done. Both parents of a 10 year old boy can now attend with their 5 year old as the youngest child can play with our new resources in the waiting room or clinic space. The 10 year old benefited from therapeutic games about thoughts/feelings and we were also able to observe imaginative play for assessment.”

Dr Eleanor Oswald
Clinical Psychologist, CAMHS
Vale of Leven Hospital

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