Galliers Homes have got on board as headline sponsors for this year’s coracle world championships in Shrewsbury – in addition to entering a record-breaking ten teams in the event.
Galliers Homes, who build a range of housing developments throughout the county, is principal backer for the popular annual race, being held on Friday (September 14) in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Louise Dwyer, technical manager with Galliers, based on Shrewsbury Business Park, explained that this was the fourth time that the firm had been involved in the championships.
“This year we will have an amazing ten teams of four participating, made up of staff, contractors and suppliers.
“We are delighted with everyone’s support. Macmillian is an absolutely brilliant cause close to many people’s hearts and I'm proud that the race is our firm’s main fundraiser for this year and that so many people are taking part.
“We have won trophies in the past for most money raised and best fancy dress costumes so this year we are going all out to collect even more sponsorship, involve as many people as possible, stay dry by not falling into the river and maybe even be crowned world champions!”
She added that in total Galliers had raised around £5,500 in sponsorship over the last three years.
Kate Thomas, the charity’s Shropshire fund raising manager said she was thrilled to have secured Galliers’ help for the event, hosted at Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury.
“We are very pleased that, after several years of taking part in the Coracle World Championships, Galliers have become the headline sponsors and are entering so many teams.
“The race is now in its 11th year, having to date raised over £230,000 for our charity in the county, and the aim is to smash quarter of a million pounds this year. A huge thank you to Galliers and we are all looking forward to another fantastic event.”
Jayney Davies, chairman of the organisers, commented: “Galliers have always entered into the Coracle World Championships as a fun and generous team. We are very excited to be working with them as the main sponsor.”
Details can be found at coracleworldchampionship.co.uk
Anyone wishing to sponsor the teams should contact www.justgiving.com/teamgalliers