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Splash and Dash challenge to raise funds for local Children’s Charity

Over 300 adventurous people will be taking part in a fundraising challenge at Rushden Lakes, to raise vital funds for the local based Spurgeons Children’s Charity.

Splash and Dash is the first ever challenge event to take place at the newly opened shopping, restaurant and wildlife complex. 48 teams of six will be racing in KataKanu’s across the lakes. The winners will take home the coveted challenge cup.

Taking place on Sunday 30 September, the event is run by Spurgeons – the charity that supports vulnerable children and families across England – in partnership with Rushden Lakes and Canoe2.

The races will kick off at 10am and there will be a real party family fun atmosphere with children’s activities, stalls and music.  So far 8 teams have signed up, with a number of the Lake’s stores taking part – including: White Stuff and River Island.

Sue Dennis, Events and Community Fundraising Manager, Spurgeons Children’s Charity said ‘We are excited to be working with Rushden Lakes and Canoe2 on this first ever ‘Splash and Dash for Spurgeons’. Not only is it the first event of its kind locally but it enables us to bring a fun filled day for local people and businesses while raising funds to support children and families who need our help. I hope that as many companies and groups locally will want to support the children we work with and to be a part of our Splash and Dash.’

There’s still time to sign up and enter a team, so if you’ve ever fancied jumping in a boat with your friends, family or work colleagues and dashing across a lake, this is your chance.

Alternatively, if getting on the water isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get involved: through sponsoring a team, volunteering on the day, or exhibiting at the event.

Ian Blackwell, Canoe2 said “The incredible work that the team at Spurgeon’s do, is absolutely vital to thousands of families every year and here at Canoe2 we couldn’t be prouder to support such a hardworking and dedicated charity. We are very excited and honoured to play host to the first “Splash & Dash” KataKanu race event in September and we think everyone involved will be sure to have a really fun day out here on the water with us.”

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