Accountants throw down dragon boat gauntlet


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A Kent accountancy practice taking part in the 2018 KM Dragon Boat Race has thrown down the gauntlet to possible challengers, daring others to do battle with them on the water.

Race supporter Wilkins Kennedy, which has offices in Maidstone, Ashford, Canterbury, Sandwich and Orpington, is entering a team with the aim of raising funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Alex Andrews, who is a regional marketing executive for the firm, said: “We’re looking forward to taking part in the KM Dragon Boat Race on July 1, particularly because it will be a great opportunity for team building across our five offices in the region.

“The event also raises money for around 30 charities across Kent.

“This year, we’ve put our own team together, so we’ll be racing as Wilkins Kennedy. If you’d like to book a team and see if you can come and beat us, then definitely give it a try.”

The Dragon Boat Race will be held at Mote Park in Maidstone on Sunday, July 1, and there’s still plenty of time to register a team.

Teams take part in a minimum of three races, with the fastest going through to the finals at the end of the day. The maximum team size is 17, with 11 members in the boat for each race, and one crew member beating a drum to dictate the pace of the paddles.

Participating teams can raise funds for the good causes of their choice, and charities can get local businesses to sponsor boats. Unlike a lot of fundraising events, every penny raised goes to their charities.

It costs £475 to book a boat online, but teams will get £50 off if they use the discount code WilkinsKennedyVIP. For bookings and more information, visit

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