Arundel Festival Dragon Boat Event

The lively Dragon Boat Event on the final Saturday of this year’s amazing Arundel Festival yielded £720 for the work supporting local families by Home-Start Arun. Funds were raised by the 8 boat crews entering the race and will support local families going through challenging times this winter.

Home Start Arun, Worthing and Adur is a charity run by local people to transform the life chances of children in the community. The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work alongside families in their own home or a group setting where more appropriate. Working to give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents to grow in confidence, develop and strengthen the relationship with their child(ren) and widen links with the local community.

Through home-visiting and group work, volunteers respond to each family’s individual needs to help them manage the stresses and strains of bringing up a young family when things get tough. Trained parent volunteers provide confidential, non-judgemental, practical and emotional support to help build family confidence and introduce coping strategies.

Catherine Hobson, Development Manager for Home-Start said:

"Local families face all kinds of challenges with mental ill health, disability, debt and isolation. With funding from this fantastic, fun event we can support more children and parents to get through their tough days."

The Arundel Festival runs for 10 days through August each year and is organized by a dedicated volunteer committee. It attracts local people and visitors from far and wide and there is a huge range of activity and entertainment using all parts of Arundel’s beautiful town, and the River Arun.

Michael Tu, Chairman said:

"We are thrilled that so many people came out and enjoyed the Festival this year. We had great weather, a party atmosphere and the Dragon Boats were a highlight. It’s a greater benefit that we raised money to support local families in need by having fun! We wish Home-Start Arun well."