A CANAL full of ducks gifted one lucky Chester man a £3,000 windfall when his plastic bird got its beak in front.

Wirral’s Claire House Children’s Hospice held a day of activities in Liverpool, where 40,000 blue rubber ducks were dispatched into the Liverpool-Leeds canal as brave fundraisers abseiled down the Liver Building.

Richard Dunne, 36, from Upton, discovered two days later that his duck had triumphed.

A project accountant for finance at Royal Sun Alliance in Liverpool, Richard was part of a group of volunteers who helped to organise the event.

He said: “I’m married with a couple of kids so the money will disappear on the family – I’ve not quite decided what to do with it. My family are over the moon.”

Pat Faragher of Claire House said: “It’s lovely to think someone who helps has been a beneficiary.”

On Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, Claire House will hold another abseil down the Mersey Tunnel ventilation tower in Birkenhead.

For details of how to apply, email laurab@claire-house.org.uk or call 0151 346 2945.