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Native Indians head to Chelmsford for J’s Hospice

By Nicki Treffers - 10 August 2015

On Sunday 26th July, Beresfords employees donned native Indian fancy dress costumes, jumped in a dragon boat and paddled like crazy to raise money for The J’s Hospice. Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese Tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today – as well as the most fun! 

With fierce competition on the River Chelmer, eight teams battled it out to see who the fastest and most accomplished rowers were. The weather conditions were not ideal with pouring rain and a strong breeze.

The Beresfords team was made up of Kris Murrells, Rob Twitchett, Neil McAninch, Nicki Treffers, Denise Turner, Julie Simpkins, Brandon Crouchman, Debbie Palmer, Shannon Lynch and Chris Dutton.

Nicki Treffers, Marketing Manager, commented: “This is the second year that Beresfords have taken part in this event and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day despite the awful weather conditions. We’re always looking at ways to support the local community; this event allows us to do that along with having fun as a team at the same time.”

Surprising shoppers and entertaining spectators, the competing teams raced in timed heats throughout the afternoon. Although the team came six out of eight, thanks to their original costumes they won the fancy dress competition.

The J's Hospice provides hospice and respite care services to young adults aged 16-40 who are living with life limiting and life threatening conditions including cancer, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Juvenile Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis and many more. These are complex conditions that, in most cases, will lead to the young adult experiencing severe disability.