Richmond Duck Club exists to raise money for young peole in the town of Richmond, North Yorkshire. Events are organised and funds are raised to benefit individuals and groups of children in the local area. Funds raised can go towards things like, a set of sports shirts for a local youth team; equipment for special needs students; or the trophies awarded every June to the young sportsperson of the year local to Richmond.
The Grand Duck Race – The Duck race is the main focus of the Duck Club’s year. Every year on the May Day bank holiday around 2000 plastic ducks are tipped into the River Swale from a
JCB bucket on the Green Bridge and race down stream to the finish line on the Batts near
theStation Bridge. Money is raised through ticket sales and prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as the last duck home.
Although the Duck Race is the main focus of the year the Duck Club are also involved in various other activities throughout the year.
Duck Club Sports Day -This event is held each year on August Bank holiday, at Richmond Cricket Club starting from 1pm in the afternoon. There are many event for the kids & also parents to take part in, The age groups range from toddles to 16 years of age .
The Friary Gardens Christmas Lights – Originally the Friary Gardens Christmas Lights were maintained by the Chamber of Trade but Richmond Duck Club stepped in when they were unable to continue. The Duck Club continue to maintain the annual Christmas lights to provide a focus for younger children at Christmas.
Over the years there has been periodic vandalism and several of the figurines have been destroyed. The cost of replacement is prohibitive and the dwindling stock is a cause for concern.
The Christmas Parrot is the most notable of the figurines. She has been kidnapped several times, although no ransom has ever been paid because Duck Club policy is never to negotiate with kidnappers! it is hoped that no further attempts are made because she really is very fragile.
The Shop Window Competition – The Duck Club sponsor a special trophy in the annual shop window competition. It is special because it is awared by judges who are all of primary school age and who bring that special child’s perspective.