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Dragon boat race held in Leeds

Rowing boat insurance may have been taken out by the dozens of teams which entered a dragon boat race in Leeds.

Hundreds of individuals made up the 11-man crews that filled the 40 vessels that took to the water at Roundhay Park, the Yorkshire Post reports.

The event was designed to raise money for Martin House children’s hospice in Wetherby and fundraisers were hoping to beat last year’s total of more than £30,000.

Speaking on behalf of the hospice, Caroline Roberts said: “We get less than 12 per cent funding so it is through events like this and the generosity of the public that we are able to offer our services.”

Martin House was founded in 1987, making it only the second hospice dedicated to the care of children in the UK.

This year marked the fourth annual dragon boat race and saw scores of spectators visit the park to lend their support.

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