The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (WLFC) awarded the Litherland Sea Cadets dragon boats £2,000.00 to purchase buoyancy aids and Grey Owl Paddles, with the remainder of the grant being used to make the boathouse more secure.
The Sea Cadets help many wounded ex-service personnel to discover dragon boat racing, they are given free tuition by the dragon boat team which helps them assimilate back into society. Another organisation set up for this purpose is Purple Warriors, which is a new dragon boat club, created specifically for serving and retired members of HM Forces who have some form of disability or impairment as a result of their service.
On the day of the regatta 12 races were held, with the winning dragon boat ‘Pool of Light’, being crewed by an all-female charity crew. The WLFC dragon boat drum beater was Sally, a team GB rower and a staff member from St Helens Masonic Hall.
Les Newman, Community Grant Executive for the WLFC, who was banging the drum for charity, collected £1,500 on the day of the regatta which will help support the Royal Marine Cadets, Sea Scouts, Purple Warriors and the Sea Cadets dragon boats.
Thanks go to Bob Bridges and his partner Jacquie and their family who organised this wonderful event along with the WLFC crew. Bob is also St Helens Masonic Hall Steward.