Multi-coloured plastic ducks were in a row and at the ready for Chilworth2gether’s annual Duck Race, which was sponsored by Seymours Estate Agents and took place on Easter Monday.
The annual event saw Surrey residents adopt 400 ducks in the lead up to the race and raise £1,700, which will be used to purchase picnic tables for the Chilworth village sports field. A donation of £100 has also been made to Chilworth C of E Infants School, whose parents baked and donated cakes for sale on the tea stall.
Prizes were awarded on the day to those who placed in the top 10 and those who guessed the colour of the winning duck.
Maggie Scott, one of the event’s organisers, commented: “The Duck Race was not only a fantastic fundraising event but it was a great day out. We are delighted by the number of people who came along on the day and hugely grateful for the effort that everyone has shown in getting behind the Duck Race and supporting the Chilworth community.”
Chilworth2gether was formed in 2012 as a community group and has been responsible for organising fundraising events including a scarecrow trail, dog shows and quizzes. All funds are used to purchase facilities for the community such as millstones for the entry portals to the village and new picnic benches for the Gunpowder Mills.
James Sharpin, Partner at Seymours, which sponsored the event, added: “The Duck Race just shows how powerful local events like this are and how community spirit is very much alive and well in Chilworth. It was a pleasure to be a part of and we congratulate Chilworth2gether for their ongoing efforts to continue making Chilworth a special place to live.”