THE FIRST Great Sussex Bath Race has donated its proceeds to two worthy causes.
Partly-organised by Neil Laughton, the event raised more than £15,000 in aid of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice and Chichester-based charity LifeCentre.
“This year was a huge success and I’d like to thank everyone who joined in the racing mayhem and fun,” said Neil.
“We hope to raise even more money for our charities next year.”
A cheque for £7,913 – representing half the proceeds – has now been presented to the hospice.
A number of companies took part in the inaugural event, including the Hungry Guest from Petworth, John Lewis at Home, Martin Sewell Building Company, British Airways Engineering and Virgin Atlantic.
The Hungry Guest emerged triumphant, seeing off many national competitors in the battle of the baths.
The event took place at Shopwyke Lake, near Chichester.
A date for the next tournament has already been set for June 22, 2014.
Organisers said so far several deposits had already been received from teams booking their places.
Capacity for the event is 20 business teams.
Visit www.greatsussexbathrace.co.uk for further information and details on registering a team.
At the cheque presentation, speeches were heard from the hospice’s chief executive Hugh Lowson and a grandmother detailing her experience of using the Sussex-based children’s hospice.
At the end of the races in July, Neil thanked all the competitors, describing it as a ‘fantastic day’.
“I think you’ve all done fantastically well and I want to congratulate all the competitors,” he said.
All the competitors and fellow organisers thanked Neil for his work.
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