Santa raft race

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"So many people are touched by cancer, people are keen to support financially. To find a charity which offers something so positive to young people really inspired us."

Camilla and Adam Johnson raised almost £4,000 for the Trust when they got dressed up as Santa for the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race.

The race happens each year on the River Ouse in East Sussex and involves spectators throwing eggs and flour at a whole host of novelty floats and their crew.

Camilla said donations came pouring in when people realised they were raising funds for something which affects countless families.

“So many people are touched by cancer, people are keen to support financially. To find a charity which offers something so positive to young people really inspired us. We liked the sound of a charity where any amount of money will have a big impact on many young people.

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"So many friends and family turned out to cheer the team on. It made for a truly enjoyable day."

Because the event itself was already organised, the team were able to devote more time to fundraising instead of planning and logistics. They showed off their raft with the large Trust banner around the local area, able to drum up support before race day itself.

The crew of ten – all dressed as Father Christmas – sailed the river’s seven miles, under fire from baking material hurled by those watching on dry land. Camilla commended the ‘determined, fun and supportive’ attitude of the team, especially under such conditions!

"We liked the sound of a charity where any amount of money will have a big impact on many young people."

Camilla was in charge of creating the team’s costumes, while Adam and his friend Oli built the pedal-powered raft over ‘many, many’ evenings and weekends. Tying in with the river’s name and the raft’s theme, it was lovingly called ‘Ouse the Daddy?’

She said it all came together on the day to make for a great success.

“So many friends and family turned out to cheer the team on. It was really encouraging and made for a truly enjoyable day.”

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"So many friends and family turned out to cheer the team on. It was really encouraging and made for a truly enjoyable day."