Woddlands Hospice announce the cancellation of the Duck Race

Thu, March 5th, 2020

The late delivery of ducks and bad weather have led to the cancellation...

Thank you for purchasing a duck for our planned event at Liverpool Pier Head on Sunday 8 March. Your support is very much appreciated.

When we started planning this event we were very excited trying something new to Woodlands Hospice. We have worked hard to not only stage the event but to encourage our communities to get behind us to help with our fundraising efforts.

While we’ve had some success in duck purchases with individuals, organisations and schools, our efforts have been hampered by the late delivery of the ducks which has prevented sufficient time for personalising or branding ducks and hence not igniting enough interest in the event.

Unfortunately the delay in delivery was out of our hands, as although we sourced the ducks from a UK supplier they were manufactured in China. Due to the restrictions on exports and the lockdown there to contain the coronavirus, we didn’t receive them in good time.

We also face ongoing difficult weather conditions over the next week or so which would be exaggerated in such an open space as the Pier Head.

With heavy hearts, we have therefore decided we need to cancel the upcoming event and look for an alternative way to use our ducks to help our fundraising efforts. We will let you know when we decide what that can be.

You will of course be refunded for the ducks you have purchased. If you would please contact Chris Beyga, Events Manager on 0151 529 8193 or christine.beyga@liverpoolft.nhs.uk and she will arrange the refund.

I know that this will be disappointing for you if you have planned a family outing that day or perhaps a school or works team event and I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. It is important to our charity that the events we stage meet our aspirations and ensure a fun time for all who take part. We feel on this occasion that we’re unable to meet those expectations.

Please do not let this put you off supporting Woodlands Hospice in the future; this one event just has not worked out for us but keep a look out for the next big event – we very much need and value your support.

Should you have any queries at all in relation to this duck race, please do not hesitate to speak with me personally.

With kindest regards and grateful thanks for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Burgess
Head of Income Generation

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