Chardstock duck race raises £800 for charity

Spectators cheer on the ducks as they race down the river Kit at Chardstock.

Spectators cheer on the ducks as they race down the river Kit at Chardstock. - Credit: Archant

Generous locals splash out to sponsor 514 competitors in this year’s record-breaking river race

Villagers at Chardstock turned out in force to cheer on competitors in their annual duck race on Sunday (June 11).

Some 514 sponsored ducks were released into the River Kit, the winner completing the course in a record time.

Chardstock Street Fayre Team, which organises the race, thanked all who supported the event and helped to raise nearly £800.

A spokesman said: “The Great Chardstock Duck Race took place in the idyllic setting of the meadows of the River and was yet another wonderful community activity in the village - and not a single duck was harmed.”

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The main beneficiaries of Street Fayre fundraising activities this year will be The Project - a local organisation focusing on the mental well-being of young people - Devon Freewheelers, Devon Air Ambulance, Chardstock Cricket Club and Chardstock Community Hall Trust, as well as other local good causes.

The team’s next major fundraiser is Chardstock Street Fayre on Saturday, September 2.

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