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Big Cash Raised at Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival

What: Paddle Round The Pier
Where: Brighton England
When: 5-6 July 2008

Huge crowds headed down to Hove Lawns in Brighton, England, last weekend to help raise a massive £20,000 for the three charities. This figure, which is still not the final amount, beat last year’s total of £13,000 making this year’s event the biggest ever. And this was backed up by the estimated crowd total of 10,000 on the Saturday alone.

Despite the rain on Sunday morning meaning the event had to be cancelled by 1pm, the fun didn’t stop as the crowds headed across to the Brunswick pub to enjoy the bands and donate more money to the fund.

And the team have decided to hold the actual Paddle Round The Pier on Saturday 19th July so that people who raised their sponsorship money can still have a chance to take part. People should meet at the Peace Statue in Hove at 5.30pm, then will paddle round the West Pier and then head to Brighton Sailing Club for a BBQ.

Dave Samuel, festival director, said: “We are so pleased with the amount of money raised for our charities. It’s great to see so many people visiting the festival and having a good time. “Naturally we were disappointed with the weather on Sunday, but we have to put safety issues first. I must thank the paddle crew and water safety teams for all their hard work in the months leading up to the paddle and over the weekend – it really is a big team effort. “We should all express our gratitude to our headline sponsors the Custom Group, as without their sponsorship (and support) the Paddle would never happen.”

The three charities to benefit from this record amount of money are the RNLI, the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and SurfAid International. Dates have been set for next year’s event, which will be held on the 4th and 5th of July. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help should email {encode=”volunteers@paddleroundthepier.com” title=”volunteers@paddleroundthepier.com”}.

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