VIDEO: Fundraising with the Lavant duck race

HUNDREDS of bright yellow rubber ducks were set loose on the River Lavant on Bank Holiday Monday.

The annual Lavant duck race raised hundreds of pounds for good causes and also saw the community come together to support the village event which is fast becoming an established tradition.

They're off - Lavant's annual duck race gets under way. Picture by Louise Adams

They're off - Lavant's annual duck race gets under way. Picture by Louise Adams

Nearly 20 years ago the first duck race was held and since then every year the numbered ducks are set loose to float down the Lavant, with a £20 prize awaiting the owner of the winning duck.

“I think it’s really great that people come down and can relax and sit in the sunshine,” said organiser Jenny Quest.

“It makes it a really nice community thing.”

She represented one of the good causes involved in the race – Sailing for Disabled, part of Langstone Sailability.

Money was also raised by the Lavant branch of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, the Sussex Snowdrop Trust and St Anthony’s School.

People purchased a duck number at £1 per duck, with 400 released into the river.

They then floated a lengthy distance down the river up to the bridge in Sheepwash Lane.

However, weather conditions this year meant the going was slow, with warm weather and a lot of rain meaning weeds in the side had flourished and many ducks were trapped.

Jenny, along with fellow organiser Helen Spilsted, spent more than two hours following the ducks down the river and releasing the trapped ones.

“It’s a good day,” said Jenny afterwards.

“It’s a nice, pleasant, cheery way to raise money for your charities.”

At the finish line people from St Anthony’s were selling drinks and cakes to the spectators, who waited with baited breath to see who would win.