Dragon boat racing team are left in ‘oar’ after raising nearly £40,000 for EACH

Fun-loving fundraisers were riding on the crest of a wave after netting nearly £40,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The team from Cambridgeshire-based Jardin Corrugated took part in a charity dragon boat race in Northern Ireland.

In addition to finishing an impressive second overall, having battled through various heats and making it to the final, they were left ‘oar-struck’ to raise an incredible £39,132.

Jardin Corrugated, an integrated corrugated packaging manufacturer, became part of the Logson Group in 2015 and is based at two sites in Sutton and St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

Owners W&R Barnett has its headquarters in Belfast and organised the boat race to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Several of its companies were invited to take part, including Logson.

Logson’s boat was called “Usain Boat” and crewed by 12 people chosen from the various brands it owns. Jardin sent three people to participate – Keith Marshall, 56, Angelo Chimenti, 43, and Julija Asaciova, 38.

The trio reported that they had “enormous fun” and were “gobsmacked, proud and thrilled” with their performance.

Employees were asked to nominate what charity they would like to support. EACH was chosen from the list submitted and several employees have personally needed to reach out for help and support in the past.

The team, who later that evening attended a gala dinner at Malone House, just outside Belfast, initially wanted to raise £6,000.

However, after finishing second, and thanks to W & R Barnett’s generous charity match funding scheme, their total was multiplied by four and that meant they were able to donate a staggering £39,132.

“We’re extremely delighted that it was possible to make such a significant donation to EACH,” said Jardin Corrugated Managing Director Bob Koczulab.

“It’s both rewarding and a sense of obligation to have the power to improve the lives of others.”

Ella Walston, EACH Corporate Fundraising Assistant for Cambridge and West Essex, added: “I’d like to say thank you so much to Jardin Corrugated.

“Congratulations to the team on such a successful boat race. We’re extremely grateful for their incredible support.”


Notes to Editors

“To need to use a children’s hospice is every parent’s worst nightmare, however, when you get there it’s the most beautiful place imaginable. It’s a lifeline to parents going through the worst possible journey and enables families to find the support that they need.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call our Cambridgeshire fundraisers on 01223 204916.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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