Cash boost for charities thanks to annual Portsmouth festival

From left, Karen Tyrrell, Heidi Rehman, Simon Williams, Tara Dacunha, Laurie Marchment, and Neil Maxwell, as charities The Haven, Rowans Hospice and RNLI are given cash by the Rotary Club at Southsea Castle. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (150067-619)

From left, Karen Tyrrell, Heidi Rehman, Simon Williams, Tara Dacunha, Laurie Marchment, and Neil Maxwell, as charities The Haven, Rowans Hospice and RNLI are given cash by the Rotary Club at Southsea Castle. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (150067-619)

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THEY have raised hundreds of pounds for charities and now the money has officially been handed over.

The Rotary Clubs of Southsea Castle and Portsmouth and Southsea organise the Portsmouth Dragon Boat Festival held at Lakeside every year.

Each year they nominate particular charities to receive some of the donations collected at the festival.

At the 2014 festival the nominated charities were the Rotary Foundation, the Rowans Hospice and the RNLI all of who received cheques for £500.

Carol Jenkinson is from Southsea Castle Rotary Club.

She said: ‘The nominated charity for 2015 is The Haven who also received a cheque with money that was collected through donations made in November last year for car parking at Lakeside on Bonfire night.

‘The Haven helps people suffering with breast cancer and are in the middle of restoring a property in Titchfield where they will be able to help sufferers in the southern region.’

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17 at Lakeside North Harbour.

To find out more information about this year’s festival, please visit portsdragonboatfestival.org.uk.

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