Corporate Sidmouth Duck Race winners boost charities

Pictured in the fron row (l - r) are Rob and Janice Auckland, from Emily’s Chocolates; Alan Shoesmit

Pictured in the fron row (l - r) are Rob and Janice Auckland, from Emily’s Chocolates; Alan Shoesmith, president of the Lions Club of Sidmouth; Andy Downham, of Potbury’s Funeral Services with Janet Dowling, a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care; and Peter and Rosemary Hook from the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel. In the back row (l - r) are Lions David Lang; John Doe; Graham Rossiter; Mike Sycamore and Ian Skinner. Picture: Chris Rignall - Credit: Archant

Businesses who took part in last month’s Corporate Duck Race in Sidmouth have donated a total of £2,000 to charity.

The winner was Andy Downham, of Potbury’s Funeral Services, and his £1,000 prize was donated to Cruse Bereavement Care. Second place went to the Royal York and Faulkner Hotel. Peter and Rosemary Hook gifted their £600 to Force cancer charity.

Emily’s Chocolates was third, and owners Rob and Jan Auckland gave their £400 to Children’s Hospice South West.

The tradition is organised by the Lions Club of Sidmouth. President Alan Shoesmith said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the support and the humanitarian charities chosen by the winners.

The Lions would like to thank all the local business organisations that have participated in and supported this year’s race”.


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The £2,000 raised through the corporate event is in addition to the £4,000 netted for good causes through the main, yellow duck race. This resulted in the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Sidmouth Admiral Nurse Campaign each receiving donations of £1,800.

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