Published 11 July 2016
Derby’s most colourful race – the Ey Up Mi Duck Race – has raised more than £4,000 for blind and visually impaired adults and children in the county.
The event, which took place on the River Derwent in the city centre on 11th June, is the biggest annual fundraiser for local charity Sight Support Derbyshire, raising the grand total of £4,014 this year. This will be used to provide services offering practical, emotional and social support to local people affected by sight loss.
Giant plastic ducks decorated by companies, schools and organisations competed in the Best Dressed Duck competition before taking to the water with thousands of little plastic ducks, who were each sponsored for £1. The race took place against the backdrop of a family fun day on Cathedral Green.
Claire Winfield, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Chief Executive, said: “The event was a huge success and we are now deciding where the money will be spent. This amount could, for example, recruit, train and support at least 13 specialist volunteers, helping to support blind and visually impaired people in their homes, or offering information and support at eye clinics across the county.
“What is definite is that this money will help make a difference to the lives of local people affected by sight loss, and we are grateful to all the companies, organisations and individuals who took part to make that happen.”
The best dressed giant duck was The Queen – complete with little ducks decorated as corgis – by Smith Partnership. The first giant duck to pass the winning line was by Springfield Primary School in Spondon.
Chester Green Chums toddler group from Derby were double winners, winning the prize for the best dressed children’s duck and the first children’s duck past the winning post. The winner of the £250 prize for the first little duck to finish was from Clowne in Derbyshire.
Picture caption: The winner of the Best Dressed Duck competition, the Queen and her corgis by Smith Partnership.