A TEAM from St David’s Hospice Care will take the plunge next month when the charity takes part in the 49th Monmouth Raft Race.

The charity is the main beneficiary of funds raised through the staging of the annual event on the River Wye. The Monmouth Raft Race, to be held on Sunday, September 7, is organised by the town’s rotary club.

The event is sponsored by Mandarin Stone, Basepoint and DHL, with funds raised donated to St David’s Hospice Care and other local charities.

The event raised more that £25,000 for charity last year with a major chunk of that money going to St David’s.

The raft race starts from the steps of Monmouth Rowing Club and finishes 6.5 miles downriver at Tump Farm in Whitebrook, where there is a family festival with food, live music from three bands, a children’s fairground and a bar.

Entry costs £75 per raft including a commitment to raise a minimum of £100 per raft in sponsorship. Online entries can be submitted by visiting monmouthraftrace.com or download an entry form from the same web page and post the entry to the address given.

Alternatively, you can call raft race secretary David Forbes on 01600 712665 or Kris Broome at St David’s Hospice Care on 01633 851051.