WAY members took to the water earlier this month to raise funds for WAY Widowed & Young in the annual Dragon Boat race in Kingston-Upon-Thames.
Dressed up as superheroes, a team of 15 WAYers raised more than £7,000 for WAY – funds that will help more young widows and widowers to find WAY’s invaluable support.
“We weren’t quite as fast as last year but everyone had an amazing time, strutted their stuff like the true superheroes widows have to become – and raised an amazing amount for WAY,” said WAY trustee Ed Spooner, who organised the event.
A group of 25 WAY supporters (and a few dogs!) came along on the day to cheer the fab 15 on their way – and to enjoy a specially baked 20th anniversary WAY cake.
One of our superheroes said: “I signed up to take part in this race with fellow WAYers as this charity – and the people who are sadly in the same position as myself – are a life line. They have helped me and so many get through the rough days and helped see some light. Life will never be the same without our loved ones, but we have the support of each other to create a different way forward.”
The Dragon Boat team was made up of members of WAY Without Children – or WAY Wocs – an active group of WAYers who do not have children. Almost one in four of our members don’t have children and find that they often face different challenges from those WAY members with children. WAY Wocs has an active list of weekends away and holidays coming up but their members also take part in WAY events too.
Here are some photos of our superheroes in action (with thanks to WAY member Gary Marson)….