This weekend hundreds of colleagues took part in a charity dragonboat race at Salford Quays, as part of Co-op Insurance’s 150th birthday celebrations.

The 31 teams, each made up of a skipper, a drummer, a steersman and rowers, were cheered on by thousands of spectators, who stayed to enjoy a day of family fun, including food stalls, a magician and giant outdoor games.

Each of the 31 boats that took part was racing to raise money for an individual charity including; We Love Manchester, Greater Together Manchester and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The money raised from the family fun day that followed, will go to Co-op Insurance’s official charity partner, the Eden Rivers Trust. It will go towards flood management measures in Cumbria, an area identified by Co-op Insurance as one of the worst hit areas of flooding.

The winners

The winning team was the ‘GI Dragonboat Team’ (who would not have won the award for most inventive team name!), but beat 30 other teams to take the top spot – and raise money for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The team members, all from Insurance’s ‘product, pricing and propositions’ team were:

  • ‘Captain’ Jack Wallace
  • Elliot Green
  • Joel Green
  • Tom Baines
  • John Barnes
  • Andy McKenna
  • Andrew Archibald
  • Kieran Wynne
  • Nathan Harrison
  • Rob Jelley
  • Nick Ansley

Best dressed and most money raised

Another shout out goes to Helen Chan’s team, ‘Captain Spearing and the Co-operators’ made up of Co-op Insurance marketing and digital folks. They won the ‘best dressed’ award, judged by Co-op News for their bee ensembles – a nod to the Manchester Bee symbol. Helen’s team also won the award for most money raised, which was £2935.05 for their charity Marie Curie.

Well done to all colleagues who took part and raised money for their chosen charities.

Join the conversation! 11 Comments

  1. It was a really fun day.. Is there anywhere we can view all the pictures of the day?

  2. This was such a fun day! Hopefully the start of an annual event maybe?

  3. Fantastic day , well organised , brought my family who had a wonderful day watching the races, and family entertainment – Well Done Coop

  4. Brilliant day and very well organised ! We should hold more events like this as its a great way to improve staff morale & raise money for the fantastic causes we support !

  5. Great day, very well organised and fantastic for the charities! Plus I got a nice tan!

  6. It was a great day I could not get my kid away from the bouncy castle and he was chuffed with his balloon and fidget spinner! This is the first I have heard of Eden Rivers Trust being the Gi charity of the year though – when did that happen and how was it communicated?

    • Hi Eram, so glad you both enjoyed it! When we launched our flood plains research and report in May, we said we’d be supporting a flooding related charity, and Eden Rivers was chosen recently. Our work with them is only just starting, so you’ll hear more about it soon.^Lara

  7. Thanks Coop for a great day and loads of fun.

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