OSCAR Dragon Boat Race raises £113,000

Phil & Oscar Parry with Helen Glover

The shipping industry came together to raise £113,000 towards Great Ormond Street Hospital's pioneering research work at the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race on Tuesday 16 September.

The event saw 24 teams of rowers from across the industry head to London's Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre, where they took to the water for a thrilling 250 metre race in colourful Chinese dragon boats, each of them flying the flag of the event sponsor, The Liberian Registry. The competition was tough, resulting in an unprecedented draw, with both RS Platou and Scorpio UK Ltd eventually emerging victorious after a nail-biting final. The rowers also had the chance to nominate their bosses to take part in a special kayak challenge, which saw AM Nomikos' Mark Jackson claim first place.

Duncan Goodhew MBE was on hand to officially start the race, while gold medal winning Olympic rower Helen Glover MBE presented the medals with help from 15-year-old GOSH patient Oscar.

The money raised will go towards the OSCAR (Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children's Health and Research) Campaign, founded by Oscar's father Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Global Shipping Recruitment. OSCAR unites the international shipping community to raise significant funds towards areas of urgently needed research at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Having already raised an incredible £500,000 towards state-of-the-art new facilities at the hospital, creating the Sea and Oceans floor in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building (opened in 2012), the campaign now aims to raise £1 million to support life-saving research into childhood cancers and immune diseases.

Duncan Goodhew OSCAR boat race
Duncan Goodhew MBE gets ready to start the race
Phil Parry said: "It was fantastic to see people across the industry - from ship owners and ship brokers to insurance and law firms, P&I clubs and ship registries - come together to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. I'm thrilled we were able to raise an incredible £113,000 towards the hospital's ground breaking research into childhood cancers and immune diseases. With this money in the bank, we're pretty much halfway to our second target.

"Through the OSCAR Campaign, the shipping industry has a unique opportunity to save lives and create a shared legacy. What we're doing, all of us, is delivering tangible support to help advance pioneering medical treatment for children around the world."

Jacqui Segal from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said: "We're delighted that the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race was such a great success. The money raised will help make a real difference for children with cancer and immune diseases, funding vital research work at the hospital and we would like to thank Phil Parry and the shipping industry for their generous ongoing support."

Find out more about the OSCAR Campaign.