Toy Trust engages paddle power for Big Challenge fundraiser

Published on: 16th February 2022

The charity has unveiled an exciting new event for 2022 featuring dragon boat racing and an alternative ‘wet n weird’ triathlon.

The Toy Trust is hoping industry folk will splash the cash when it stages its 2022 Big Challenge fundraising day this summer.

The charity will be holding an alternative ‘wet n weird’ triathlon featuring a 5km/10km walk or run or 50km circular cycling event taking in the Oxfordshire countryside and, new for 2022, an exciting new all-inclusive dragon boat racing tournament!

The fundraising day has been confirmed for Saturday 18th June and will be based at Oxford Wet N Wild in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Dragon Boats for up to 10 rowers will be available with entries from full teams, individuals or small groups welcomed. Individuals or smaller groups that wish to enter will be joined to form full boat teams and all boats will feature a drummer and qualified instructor. Participants must be aged 16 or over to enter.

Each team, small group or individual will be required to nominate a team representative/captain who will be required to register/manage their team members. Participants with younger family members are welcome to join the walking events.

The day will include a BBQ lunch with refreshments for all participants, with family friendly games and activities available on site. All participants will receive a commemorative event t-shirt.

Funds raised through the Big Challenge event will support the Toy Trust’s nominated UK based charities throughout 2022 with particular support for charities that work to improve and enhance children’s mental health in what has been a challenging period for children as well as everyone in the UK over the past two years.

Graham Canning, Toy Trust Committee chairman said: “This year’s Big Challenge promises to be a new and exciting event for all of the industry to get involved in. We have designed the event to be as inclusive, challenging and fun for as many people as possible with the hope that people from across the industry will get involved. I am sure this year’s Dragon Boat Tournament will be a great hit for the industry to get involved in.

“As always, we hope to encourage new teams, however big or small, to get involved in what has become an amazingly uplifting and fun, team building day that raises massive amounts of money for the disadvantaged children the Toy Trust supports.”

Places are available at £100 per person and teams or individuals can register interest  here with full registration forms to follow shortly. The event is expected to be very popular, so early applications are advised.

For more information on the event including any entry queries, please contact Matt Jones at the BTHA

For information on the work of the Toy Trust, the charities it supports and other ways you can raise money for the charity, please visit



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