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Graham’s Dragon Boat Race raises £9,000 for charity

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Graham Plumbers’ Merchant took to the water by hosting a Dragon Boat Race which raised nearly £9,000 for Barnardo’s.

Six teams competed across the day, which was held at Draycote Water Sailing Club near Rugby in Warwickshire.

Participants from Graham and Saint-Gobain, their families, suppliers, customers and agencies went head to head in the 250-metre races.

Out of the six teams that entered, team ‘Perfect Storm’ was the eventual winner – made up of colleagues from the Saint-Gobain public sector sales team.

A combination of online and in-branch fundraising helped raise all important funds for charity partner Barnardo’s – the UK’s largest children’s’ charity.

Graham will be donating the money to support the development of two of the charity’s initiatives: Gap Homes and Future Place.

Gap Homes focuses on transitional homes for care leavers, whilst Future Place provides 16 to 25-year-olds who have left the care system with high-quality training and support in a skills training academy.

This support is vital to help these young people reach their full future potential.

“This was the first time we’ve held a Dragon Boat Race, and we’re thrilled with the results,” said Samantha Canfield, Marketing Manager at Graham. “There was a fantastic turnout, with so many participants helping to create six full teams.

“Not only have we raised a significant amount of money for Barnardo’s, but it was also a great opportunity for Graham and Saint-Gobain colleagues, suppliers and agencies to get to know each other in a new and challenging environment.

“The day was an absolute success and we look forward to hosting more charity events like this one.”

For more information on Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, visit: http://www.grahamplumbersmerchant.co.uk/.



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