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Duck Race Raises £20K for Cerebral Palsy Charity

The Manchester Duck Race celebrated its fifth year on Good Friday.

The annual event saw hundreds of yellow ducks take to the water in Spinningfields, Manchester in support of children’s cerebral palsy charity Brainwave. The wind-powered race encourages people to purchase a tiny rubber duck, decorate it and send it down the River Irwell in a bid to be crowned the winner.

A record-breaking 6,000 people paid to enter a duck in the race this year, which contributed to a massive 20k being raised for the children’s charity.

The race was started this year by Happy Mondays star Rowetta. She said: “It’s Bez’s birthday tonight so I should be having a lie in.

“But when I heard the event was for Brainwave I was happy to do it.

“It’s a great charity and always happy to help when it’s for children.”

The Easter tradition aims to raise awareness and funds for UK based charity Brainwave, which was originally set up to provide services for children with brain injury, relies entirely on donations for support. Donations have allowed the charity to treat around 1,500 children since it was founded in 1982.

Brainwave provides long term tailored therapy programmes for children suffering from all forms of brain injury, to support their physical/cognitive development.

The three Brainwave Centres, all based around the UK, design home-based programmes of rehabilitation, involving both physical and cognitive exercises, which help to encourage normal movement pattern on a daily basis.

The centre also offers services to advise parents on how to help their child, and provide access to appropriate mainstream and voluntary support groups.

As the charity receives no state funding, the cash raised from the Manchester Duck Race will have provided a huge boost to the charities funds.

Carole Headley, North West development manager for Brainwave said: “This is the fifth anniversary of the event and today’s crowds are overwhelming.

“We’re looking at having raised £20,000 today I think.”

Keep your eyes peeled for details of the Manchester Duck Race 2015, to find out how you can get involved next year!

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