Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity is set to host its inaugural Dragon Boat Race at Mailbox this September, making the most of the city’s iconic canals and raising money for the two hospitals.

Taking place on Saturday 25 September, the race will see 23 boats compete against one another, with several of Birmingham’s biggest businesses set to take part. Each team will compete in a series of races, which will culminate in one being crowned the first ever Birmingham Women’s and Children's Hospital Charity Dragon Boat Champions.

Kicking off at 10.30am, each team of 16 will participate in a series of 200m races, whittling them down to one overall winning boat. Teams will then be able to reward their efforts at one of Mailbox’s many eateries surrounding Canalside.

Helen Miles, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re so excited to be holding our first ever Dragon Boat race this year and absolutely thrilled that it will be staged in such an iconic Birmingham location. Mailbox provides the perfect backdrop and we can’t wait to see it filled with our fantastic supporters, rowing to raise vital funds for our patients.”

To find out how to book a team into the Dragon Boat Race, please contact the fundraising team at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity on 0121 333 8506 or email events@bch.org.uk.