Willow Wood Hospice duck race coming up in Stalybridge
Monday 23rd May 2016 @ 13:09 by Adam Higgins
News Stalybridge

The ever popular Hospice Duck race takes place on Sunday, June 5, and the ducks are now “flying” out from Tescos in Stalybridge. 

Dot Birchfield, Promotions and Events Manager for the Ashton-based hospice, explains: “Our annual duck race is always eagerly awaited as it is one of the funniest events in the hospice fundraising calendar.

“Whoever dreamt up the idea of holding a duck race on a canal that has no flow?

“I remember one year when the ducks ended up going backwards!”

Dot continued: “Coming down to watch the duck race, which takes place on the Huddersfield Canal in the heart of Stalybridge, is a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

“If last year is anything to go by the event will be watched by hundreds of spectators lining the tow path.

“The sight of thousands of small brightly coloured yellow ducks ‘racing’ down the canal always manages to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

“I use the word ‘race’ loosely as the ducks are hardly racing as they have to be ‘encouraged’ along the course from the ‘launch’ site in Armentieres Square towards the finishing line, next to Tescos, by members of Stalybridge Canoe Club.”

The 2016 Duck Race is being sponsored by Mossley Tax Shop – and director Yvonne Cookson said: “Mossley Tax Shop are delighted to be able to support the Hospice by sponsoring this event.

“Our involvement covers the cost of the prizes so that means that all the duck sponsorship monies will go to the Hospice to help them provide their excellent care for local people.

“Willow Wood is a charity close to everyone’s hearts here at Mossley Tax Shop and we are delighted to be able to support the Hospice in this way.”

Dot added: “The first duck past the finishing post will earn their owner £120 of Tesco vouchers, with the second and third ducks winning £60 and £30 Tesco vouchers respectively.”

If you would like to sponsor a duck (£1) then ‘Duck certificates’ are available from Tesco in Stalybridge, Mossley Tax Shop in Top Mossley, the hospice reception or the hospice shop on Grosvenor Street, Stalybridge.