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Building firm hoping for third time lucky at coracle challenge

Staff from a Shropshire building company are aiming to make it third time lucky and be crowned world champions at this year’s coracle championship.

The team of four from Galliers Homes have entered the event on September 15 organised by Macmillan Cancer Research.

The race, held in Shrewsbury, sees crews from organisations throughout the county taking part in the annual competition when they paddle in relay across the River Severn in the small boats.

“This will be our third time of entering and although all our staff really enjoy the event we have never managed to win – we are hoping all that will change this year and we will be declared world champions,” said Louise Dwyer, senior technical coordinator with Galliers Homes, based on Shrewsbury Business Park.

“However, our firm has been presented with the trophies for best fancy dress and as champion charity fund raisers so it will be great if we can come away with one of those awards again,” she added.

Last year the 35 teams who took part in the race raised a total of £40,000 for the charity, with Galliers and their sister company Cameron Homes collecting £3,269.

“The race is an ideal opportunity for us to have some fun and collect money for such a good cause and we hope people will sponsor us again,” Louise said.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the teams can do so on Just Giving.

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