Out For A Duck

It was one of the summer’s major sporting events and Serve On volunteers were out for a duck.

Serve On volunteers provided safety cover for the Salisbury Duck Race, run by Spire FM in aid of the Stars Appeal.

Serve On volunteers provided safety cover for the Salisbury Duck Race, run by Spire FM in aid of the Stars Appeal.

No, not the Cricket World Cup.

The big event of the weekend saw members of Salisbury Community Resilience Team providing safety cover for the Salisbury Duck Race, run by Spire FM to raise funds for the Stars Appeal.

Our swift water rescue technicians were on hand in the River Avon beside The Maltings shopping centre to see the winning duck – No. 59 – safely over the line, and to rescue it and the 99 other plastic ducks from continuing their journey downstream.

Then, just for good measure, the volunteers cleared rubbish from the river bed and river bank, as they have done on water rescue training nights.

Companies and members of the public who backed a duck were out to win the chance of £1,000 in Spire FM’s prize draw, as well as to raise funds for the Stars Appeal.

Congratulations to the Chapel nightclub which had backed the winning duck.

The event was a good example of the community engagement of our rescue teams and is particularly relevant in national Small Charity Week and Drowning Prevention Week.

*No ducks were injured in the running of this race.