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Ashby firm sail way with prizes at charity event

L-R: Tom Stanyard from Rainbows and Rachel Biddles from Blueprint with their trophies

Ashby based office design and fit-out specialists Blueprint Interiors have won the coveted Charity Prize at this year’s Dragon Boat Challenge after raising over £1,600 for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

The prized dragon trophy is given to the team which raises the most money for Rainbows at the event, held each August in Nottingham as part of the Riverside Festival, and now has pride of place at the company’s Head Office at Ivanhoe Business Park in Ashby-de-la-Zouch where Blueprint Interiors design create and fit out office interiors which help clients transform their workspaces.

Not only did Blueprint Interiors ‘sail’ away with a trophy for the most raised for Rainbows, but they also picked up the prize for the best fancy dress on the day – having competed in every race dressed as pirates.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows said: “We’re delighted that the team at Blueprint Interiors have won the charity prize this year. It’s a fitting reward not just for their efforts at the Dragon Boat but for all the support they’ve been giving to Rainbows over the years – including ongoing support with the interior design of the hospice.

“With little guaranteed funding each year, it’s the generosity of individuals and companies like Blueprint that mean we’re able to continue providing vital care to the region’s most seriously ill children, young people and their families.”

Rachel Biddles, Operations Director at Blueprint said: “The Dragon Boat was a great way to get the team involved in an event to both enhance their team spirit and continue our association with Rainbows.  We’re so pleased that we’ve raised such an incredible amount– and to pick up a trophy for best fancy dress as well was an added bonus!”

The Dragon Boat Challenge has been supporting Rainbows for the last ten years. This year’s event saw 28 teams, including two teams from the charity itself, raise over £12,000 for the Loughborough based charity who care for some of the region’s seriously ill children and young people, as well as their families.