Shropshire Star

Charity in a spin as Shrewsbury coracle championships raise £45,000

This year’s Coracle World Championships has proved a record-breaking money-spinner for a Shropshire charity.

Technical manager Louise Dwyer, from main sponsor Galliers Homes, Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager Kate Thomas,Coracle Championships committee member Trish Randles, and Coracle Championships committee chair Jayney Davies

Delighted Macmillan organisers are over the moon that this year’s championships raised £45,000.

Nearly 50 teams took to the River Severn in Shrewsbury in September.

Last year, the event at the Pengwern Boat Club, raised £33,700, but this year’s figure comfortably topped that sum. The race has now raised £276,000 in the 11 years since it was launched.

Kate Thomas, Macmillan fundraising manager for Shropshire, said response to the event had been ‘phenomenal’ and the charity was overwhelmed with the amount raised.


“It was fantastic and we are absolutely delighted,” said Kate. “We did not expect to raise this amount of money and we were so lucky with the teams taking part.

“Galliers, who were our headline sponsors, not only raised a great deal of money as a team, they also raised around £6,000 by fundraising.

“A lot of the teams also did additional fundraising which was fabulous. On the day, although the weather was a bit damp, there was a fantastic atmosphere. People really entered in the spirit of things, they dressed up – amongst the teams we had a Wizard of Oz team, Scooby Doo and Mexicans – and there was great fun camaraderie between all of them.”

“McMillan Masonry of Church Stretton won for the fourth year in a row, so the race is on now to beat them.”

She added: “The Coracle Committee have decided that all the money raised from the event will be ploughed back into cancer care in Shropshire. There was a great desire for the money to be spent in Shropshire and this is something we will do.”