Ducks will race ahead to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care

A sea of green ducks will stream down the River Lark, in Bury St Edmunds, in a bid to raise funds for a charity providing care for those in the final chapters of their lives.

It is hoped crowds will flock to see the plastic ducks, usually found bobbing about in bathtubs make their journey down the Abbey Gardens stretch of river as part of Green Duck’s Christmas Quackers duck race, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Taking place on Sunday, November 26, at 2pm, the owner of the first duck past the finishing post will win everything you could possible need for Christmas – a tree, turkey (or vegetarian alternative) plus a hamper filled with Christmas goodies.

Rachel Card, hospice corporate fundraiser, said: “This year we want to encourage as many as possible to get involved and support the hospice and we hope the Christmas Quackers Duck Race will be a fun opportunity for people to do so.

“The sea of green ducks in the river, not the usually variety you would expect to see, will create quite a sight and it will be a lot of fun so if you can please come and join us.”

Each green duck costs £2; with no limit on the number you can buy. Every entrant also has the chance to name their duck.

All proceeds for the event will go to the hospice thanks to sponsorship from Green Duck IT Support and Services, of Western Way, Bury.

Mathew Green, managing director of Green Duck, said: “We are delighted to once again be sponsoring this year’s Christmas Quackers duck race to help raise much-needed funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

“Several of the people working here and their loved ones have personally experienced the support offered by the hospice and this event is the perfect way for us, as a company to get involved.

“As a local business, we are keen to support our local community and are excited to be able to support the hospice again.”

Ducks are available to buy online at  or on the day in the Abbey Gardens at the Bury Christmas Fayre.

There will also be an opportunity to buy your duck from the St Nicholas Hospice Care stall at the Christmas light switch-on event on November 16.

Pictured above are the Green Duck Team which is hoping this year’s Christmas Quackers duck race will be a cracking success.

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