Team members from eight Wilko stores in the Midlands recently left dry land behind to take part in a day of dragon boat racing, and raised £506 for MAAC.

Team members from Redditch, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Droitwich, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and Great Malvern joined forces to form a dragon boat team and take part in the event.

They were left with aching muscles after taking part in three separate races against 250 other Wilko team members from the Midlands, South Wales and the South West. Ultimately, they worked together to come a very respectable third place.

The race took place on The Quay in Exeter, with eight boats full of Wilko team members and charity representatives taking to the water in total.

The event raised an impressive £4,416 overall, which was split between five different air ambulance charities.

Phil Dawson, regional manager of the Wilko stores, said: “Win or lose, everyone had an absolutely brilliant time, and I heard that all the team members involved were on a high for many days afterwards. They worked so hard training for the races, and it really showed on the day.

“I’m so proud of every member of the team for putting their oars in and helping us raise such a brilliant total for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.”

Sarah Arnold, corporate fundraising manager at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We’re really grateful to all these Wilko stores for getting behind our charity and taking part in the dragon boat race. Every penny raised will help to keep our air ambulances in the sky, so their kind donation really will go a long way.”

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