• York Rotary

£20,000 presented to local NHS Charity (updated)


Click to watch this video that tells the story..


In July each year, for the past 17 years, our flagship fundraising event, the York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge, has raised huge sums for local charities - over £1.1million to date.

In 2020 the COVID pandemic presented a new situation and an imaginative approach was needed to continue the traditional event.

A "Virtual" Dragon Boat Challenge was devised, where individuals or teams could create their own "craft" in safe conditions following "lockdown" guidelines, and "paddle it down the length of the 250-metre Dragon Boat course length - or something similar! whilst raising sponsorship money in doing so. Some very strange, creative and often hilarous solutions came forward - the videos of all these can be seen here



In the end, between and July and September a total of over £20,000 was raised - an amazing total that far exceeded our original quite modest expectations.


On October 6th a presentation was made to staff at York Hospital, who included Joe Fenton, Community Fundraiser for York


Teaching Hospital Charity, and also a Friend of

York Rotary member) (who had been collaborating with us in the running of the event) and Griselda Goldsborough who runs the Art Design team at the NHS Trust and will be spearheading the design of the new garden area within the hospital complex.






York Hospital staff Griselda Goldsborough

and Joe Fenton (charity fundraiser)


The new area is to be called the "York Rotary Reflection/Peace Garden"; the development of the garden is expected to take several months and we will get regular updates from the team.


A huge thank-you to everyone who participated and supported this unique Dragon Boat event!

The montage below shows the area to be re-developed and its location inside the hospital complex



The presentation had quite a lot of local publicity in press and TV, including this article in The Press (York) and the printed version below...







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