A dozen top Sussex businesses including British Airways, Bentley Motors and Virgin Atlantic have signed up teams to participate in the first annual Great Sussex Bath Race and organisers are making a last call for businesses to enter the whacky race on July 28.
Sussex entrepreneur, pilot and adventurer, Neil Laughton, famed for leading Bear Grylls to the summit of Mt. Everest and managing his Mission Everest world record motorised parachute flight in 2007, is organising the event to raise funds for two Sussex charities, LifeCentre and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
“We have just eight places left for what will be a day of creativity, adventure and hilarity, whilst raising over £20,000 for two very special charities – so please sign up now if your business can put forward a team of four to participate,” said Neil Laughton.
“I have for many years dreamed of organising an exciting annual raft race to raise money for charity and we have assembled teams from some of the most successful companies on the planet and secured an idyllic private site in Sussex to host the event.”
Teams of four will be provided with bath tubs and equipment to build a raft on the day and then paddle 250 yards racing against other teams in heats, with the winners going forward to a grand final race in the afternoon to win The Great Sussex Bath Race trophy.
Businesses entering a team are asked to pay an entry fee of £250 and raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship for the charities and can bring 16 guests to enjoy musical entertainment, kids activities and fine outdoor catering all day on Sunday 28th July at a private lake near to Chichester.
Other organisations already signed up include Focus Group, Sussex Police, Caremark, Cocoa Loco, Infinity Foods, St James’s Place, NatWest, Fontwell Park with Piglets Pantry and Mayo Wynne Baxter with Juice FM.
The project is also being supported by local businesses including Be Creative, Natural PR, Colourwise, Amplee, Business Leadership Academy, The Gourmet Chef, Tomfoolery and Westbourne House School, with CP Hart Bathrooms providing bath tubs.
Find out more at www.greatsussexbathrace.co.uk and follow on facebook.com/SussexBathRace or Twitter @SXBathRace