Rafters do their bit for a good cause

Fundraising rafters at Carsington Water
Fundraising rafters at Carsington Water

Rival rafting teams from Severn Trent Water and their contractors battled it out in the war of the oars at Carsington Water to raise vital funds for WaterAid.

This year, for the first time, the event was also joined by the WaterAid Cycle Challenge, providing a set of courses for dedicated cyclists.

The riders could choose between 8, 32 or 56-mile course across the beautiful Derbyshire dales.

A total of 25 brave cyclists took up this particular challenge.

Eighteen teams of six competed in the raft race to be crowned the winners.

This year’s event had a special 1940s theme, with a model spitfire, ration bags and fun activities for all the family. It was a great day out for all involved.

There was also a special performance from the J.C.Balls Dancing Diggers at the event.

Severn Trent Water’s director of strategy and regulation, Tony Ballance said: “I’m pleased to say that this year’s raft race and the new cycle challenge were a huge success. Severn Trent Water has supported the work of WaterAid for many years, helping transform the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest communities, by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.

“In this country we take things like sanitation and having clean water on tap for granted, but 2,000 children die every day from poor sanitation and dirty drinking water and just £15 can save a life, so events like this raise a smile while raising much needed funds. Last year’s event raised £11,500 for WaterAid, and with the help and support from local contractors and suppliers we hope to get even more money this year for such a worthwhile cause.”

Carsington Water has been a popular visitor attraction since it was opened by the Queen in May 1992. The reservoir is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water and is part of a ‘water compensation’ scheme.

This means water is pumped to the reservoir from the River Derwent at times of high rainfall and stored, then returned to the Derwent when the river would otherwise be too low to allow water to be extracted for treatment and drinking further downstream.