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Dragon Boat Regatta

Dragon Boat Regatta, Merchant Square Paddington

Date

Thursday 28th July

Time

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Merchant Square (West Plaza)
Paddington
London
W2 1JX

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The COSMIC Dragon Boat Regatta is back! This fun-packed event raises money for the children of St Mary’s Intensive Care charity.

Dragon Boat Regatta, Merchant Square Paddington

We are thrilled to confirm the COSMIC Dragon Boat Regatta will return on Thursday, 28th July, after a two-year pause due to COVID.

This 2000-year-old tradition sees teams of ten rowers and one drummer race down the length of Merchant Square canal, in a bid to reach the finish line and take home the trophy. Fancy dress is encouraged, with previous teams dressed as Vikings, Drag Queens and Pirates. Crews are made up of people from the local area – work colleagues – families and friends all coming together to raise money for the local children of St Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC) charity. All 20 boats have now been accounted for, and we cannot wait to let the games begin!!

The Dragon Boat Games will begin at 5pm, and spectators can enjoy street food trucks, cocktails, music, ice cream sundaes, glitter face painting and more! Earlier in the day, the Rubber Duck Race will commence at 12pm.

Come along with your friends, colleagues and family, find a deckchair and cheer on the teams as they race down the canal. We cant wait to see you there.

About COSMIC

COSMIC was established in 1994 to provide better care for critically ill children. The charity supports the paediatric and neonatal intensive care units at St Mary’s and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals in London. Learn more about COSMIC and give your support.

Since its inception, COSMIC has:

  • Purchased over £2,000,000 of life-saving equipment, which the NHS is unable to fund
  • Spent over £500,000 on ground-breaking research into paediatric health.
  • Raised £1.5 million to create COSMIC House – onsite accommodation for families with children in intensive care.
  • Funded incubators for babies in intensive care.
  • Provided hundreds of hours of counselling for families and frontline staff.

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