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Ducks bed down before big race


Lesley Woodhead from the Countess of Chester Hospitals Babygrow Appeal and Jeff Banks, business development manager at BiG Storage

Chester self-storage company BiG Storage came to the rescue of thousands of ducks looking for a new home for the next six months before they take to the River Dee to compete.

The Countess of Chester Hospital’s fundraising team staged its first Duck Race in Chester last September, which helped raise £12,500 for the Babygrow Appeal, set up to help build a new neonatal unit.

Thousands of decorated ducks have been floating around since being launched on to the River Dee to race, but the time has come to find them a home as they prepare for the second Duck Race, which will take place this September.

Jeff Banks, business development manager at BiG Storage, said: “We were delighted to help the Babygrow Appeal by providing a new home for the ducks.

“BiG Storage are proud to be a local community-focused business and we wanted to show our support to the Countess of Chester Hospital’s fundraising team by looking after the ducks throughout the year before they reappear for the 2014 Duck Race!”

Lesley Woodhead, of the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal, said: “I am confident the ducks are in a safe and secure home resting ready for the 2014 Duck Race on September 20.

“I would love to hear from anyone who wants to adopt a duck – contact me on 01244 364505.”

BiG Storage, which has also demonstrated its community ethos by joining forces with Chester FC and the Cheshire Phoenix basketball team, also recently provided local children with more than 5,000 Christmas gifts via the successful Toy Appeal which will return later this year.

For more information about the Duck Race, visit or search for Chester Duck Race on YouTube.


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