For the first time, Cheltenham-based heating, plumbing and electrical specialists, Shackleton, Wintle & Lane (SW&L), took part in the annual Dragon Boat Regatta, held in Gloucester Docks on Sunday 13 May 2018.
The charity event saw 30 teams battle it out in decorative 40-ft long dragon boats. The SW&L team dressed up in hi-vis vests and hard hats and so were easily spotted as they raced across the water, finishing in an impressive fifth place.
SW&L Finance Director and Dragon Boat Skipper, Andy Richards, said: “It was great fun for all of us and brilliant to be involved. We were just one second away from reaching the final which is not bad for us first timers! We’ll have to try again next year.
“The great British weather did us proud on the day and we had lots of supporters in the crowd cheering us on. The organisers did a fantastic job and we’re pleased to have been part of it.”
The Dragon Boat Regatta is organised by the Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn to
raise money for a number of charities including the James Hopkins Trust, which provides invaluable support for young children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
SW&L is a specialist in integrated plumbing, heating and electrical services for homeowners, letting agents, builders and developers. The business expanded and rebranded after the merger of Shackleton & Wintle and WJL Electrical at the end of last year, bringing together two of Gloucestershire’s leading technical experts. The new executive team comprises Shackleton & Wintle directors John Rogers, Malcolm Faulkner, Andy Richards and Wesley Lane of WJL.