Dragon Boat Race Successfully Raised Money for When You Wish Upon A Star Charity

Rowers from Edward Hands and Lewis Leicester branch took part in a Dragon Boat Race to raise money and awareness for the When You Wish Upon A Star Charity on 6th June in Leicester. The team raised a total of £1,082 which went towards the Charity’s end target of £10,000.
Local businesses from around Leicestershire competed against one another to be crowned as the champions. The event was part of the annual Leicester Riverside Festival, which is a lively weekend of activities for the whole family.
When You Wish Upon a Star grants the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses. Since they started in 1990, over 16,000 wishes have been granted throughout the UK transforming the lives of children and their families.
Beena Makwana, Associate Solicitor at Edward Hands and Lewis said: “I am honoured that I got to take part in such a good event! The atmosphere was amazing and it was impressive to see such a good turnout. I am amazed at the work that When You Wish Upon A Star does, so was happy to be able to do by bit in raising money for them.”
Kieran Palmer, IT Support at Edward Hands and Lewis: “I never thought you could have so much fun rowing! I am proud of our team and for all the hard work they put in, Sandeep was great at making sure we had a good rhythm. It was great to see so many people supporting When You Wish Upon A Star. The work they do for children with life threatening illnesses is admirable.”
Dragon Boat Race Crew 2Holding events like these help the charity to continue granting wishes for terminally ill children, allowing them and their families to forget for a while about the everyday battle they have. For example, Pippa who has a life threatening condition dreamt of a Frozen inspired party for her 3rd Birthday. When You Wish Upon A Star was able to make this dream a reality.
Liz Credgington, Corporate Fundraiser for When You Wish Upon A Star said: “We believe every child deserves to smile and with your support we can give children and their families something to look forward to through times of uncertainty and often financial, as well as emotional strain. Wishes allow the family to put their child’s illness on hold as they have fun and create precious memories together, whatever the future may hold.”
When You Wish Upon A Star hold a range of fundraising events throughout the year, however, this was a first time event for their Midlands & South team. Following the success of this event the charity will be hosting more events in the area.