The last Chester Raft Race was a huge success, not only for the competitors and spectators, but also for a local charity, the Blue Skies Appeal. The Chester Round Table organized the event, which saw dozens of teams compete in various categories along the River Dee. But the real winners were the patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Countess of Chester Hospital who will benefit from a new garden balcony thanks to the £5000 raised for the Blue Skies Appeal.

The Blue Skies Balcony Appeal is aiming to build a garden balcony on the ICU so that patients can benefit from fresh air and natural light in a safe and infection-controlled environment. The balcony will be used for rehabilitation and therapy, and will also help normalize patients’ day and night cycle, reducing the risk of delirium.

The Chester Round Table, a local charity organization that raises funds for various local causes, organized the Raft Race and chose the Blue Skies Appeal as their designated charity for the event. Thanks to the support of the teams, sponsors, and spectators, they managed to raise an impressive £5000 for the cause.

The success of the last Raft Race is a testament to the community spirit and generosity of the people of Chester. It’s heartening to see how a fun and entertaining event can also have a positive impact on local causes and organizations. The Chester Round Table should be proud of the difference they made with this event, and we hope to see more successful events in the future that benefit local causes like the Blue Skies Appeal.