Ay up me duck – The Nottingham supports AgeUK

Staff at The Nottingham are ‘quackers’ about helping local good causes – now its Stapleford, Beeston and Long Eaton branches have ducked in to help AgeUK.    

They have linked up with the charity’s local fundraising committee to help celebrate what is a very special version of their ever popular annual New Year duck race, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The trio of branches of The Nottingham have all purchased – and given their own name to – silver ducks for a total of £75, and in doing so have joined 75 local businesses in boosting the AgeUK coffers.

At the forthcoming Christmas light switch-on events in Stapleford, Beeston and Long Eaton, AgeUK volunteers will hand out ‘treasure hunt’ competition sheets to members of the public – who will be tasked with visiting the organisations involved over the following days and weeks to record the duck names on their sheets.

In mid-January (a couple of weeks after the duck race in Toton on 1 January) AgeUK will hand over £50 to the person who has collated the most names. There will also be a runner-up prize of £30 and £20 for third place.

The Nottingham’s Stapleford branch Building Society Manager Jo Hughes said: “Here at The Nottingham we are very passionate about supporting great local causes so are very proud to be involved in such an exciting event that we are sure lots of people will engage with.

“Our Stapleford, Beeston and Long Eaton branches are all getting involved in celebrating the 25th year of the popular duck race and in doing so are helping raise valuable funds for AgeUK.”

Duck Race Co-ordinator Angela Barnes added: “The duck race is a great local tradition and celebrating our 25th race is a fantastic milestone.

“We are grateful to The Nottingham and all of the other local businesses for supporting the charity and to all residents who always support us by attending on the day, as well as the ‘treasure hunters’ that will be a very welcome addition to this year’s fun.”

On 1 January, as well as the estimated 1,500 ducks bought by members of the public being ‘raced’ down the Rivers Erewash between two bridges in Toton, there will also be a separate corporate duck race to say thanks to the 75 companies involved in the treasure hunt, with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne.

More information about the duck race and treasure hunt, and entry forms, can also be found at www.duckracetoton.co.uk

Duck treasure hunt

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