Olympic Louis Smith and Posh player on board for Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival launch

Olympians Louis Smith and Peterborough United will be appearing at the launch of the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival.

Olympic champion Louis, who attended the festival in 2015, exchanges the pommel horse for a paddle in an authentic Chinese dragon boat alongside the crew of event sponsors Motorpoint Peterborough.

Motorpoint Peterborough was not only an official sponsor, but also one of the first crews to be held on Saturday, June 9, at Peterborough Rowing Lake. It is hoped that up to 50 more teams will challenge on the water.

Organizer Gable Events and the hospice Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall have joined forces for the fourth time. And in the 20th anniversary year of the festival, it is hoped that the participating crews will collect £ 20,000 for the hospice that a hospice nurse could finance for more than six months.

Next weekend's launch (Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28), a dragon boat will be on display at Motorpoint on Edgerley Drain Road, alongside more than 500 nearly new cars.

Customers are invited to sit on board, beat the drum and register for the event. Olympian Louis will meet Peterborough United's first team on Friday at 11am with fans from Motorpoint Peterborough ahead of the fourth round of the FA Cup against Leicester City the following day.

Tom Stanton, General Manager of Motorpoint Peterborough, said: "We are very pleased to support the 20th Peterbound Dragon Boat Festival and I am waiting to go down the water on June 9th to make as much money as possible for Our charity partner Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. "

Thorpe Hall Hospice Fundraiser Nilesh Patel said," We are pleased to be the charity partner of the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival for the fourth consecutive year, as the event celebrates its 20th anniversary year. [19659003] "We've been working closely with Motorpoint Peterborough for the past few months. These sponsors are a huge incentive for us to make a perfect fundraiser for our £ 20,000 goal.

Money raised at the festival for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice will help provide hospice patients and their families the most difficult time of their lives.

For more details and to sign up, visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/peterborough .

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