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Hotels raise £3590 with giant ‘net a duck’ party

People flocked to Bournemouth’s []Cumberland Hotel on Sunday (September 17) to see 800 rubber ducks floating in its outdoor pool.

The ducks – and visitors – were there for a charity ‘Net a Duck’ event with a difference.

Each of the ducks was numbered and scooped its winner a prize, ranging from tickets to an attraction, to a top hotel stay.

And by the time the last duck had been captured, £3590 had been raised for Macmillan Caring Locally and the Bournemouth Hospital Charity.

The Cumberland teamed up with its close neighbour the Marsham Court Hotel to stage the wacky event.

Rosie Wallace, manager of the Marsham Court, said: “When Kevin Wood from the Cumberland first came up with the idea for this I thought it was totally mad and never dreamed it would be such a success.

“But between 3pm-6pm we had around 1000 visitors turn up to net a duck, enjoy a free disco, barbecue and other entertainment and basically help two, great local causes.”

Rosie continued: “Our huge thanks go to everyone who came and the dozens of local businesses including hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops, catering firms and food businesses, which donated £35,000 of prizes. We could not have done it without them.”

It cost £5 to net a duck and each one represented a prize worth at least £5.

Natasha Granville, 49, was thrilled to find her little yellow friend had won her a night’s stay at the Ocean Beach Hotel worth £99.

She said: “It’s a really wonderful idea and such great fun, no matter how old you are.

“It’s also great to know that all the money is going to two local charities.”

The afternoon event also featured entertainment provided free by the Gem Roadshow, Ultimate Disco, First Position Dance School and Sam Horton Music.

Kevin Wood, MD of Oceana Group, incorporating The Cumberland, said: “We’re bowled over by how well it went and are already planning our next poolside charity event for the spring. So watch this space.”

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Hotels announce record breaking ‘Net a Duck’ event for charity

Bournemouth’s []Cumberland and Marsham Court Hotels have come up with a totally quackers charity event.

On September 17, The Cumberland’s outdoor swimming pool will be filled with 950 rubber ducks – ready for the ‘World’s Biggest Net a Duck’ event.

Each duck will be numbered and will win whoever nets it a prize, ranging from a day out, to a family meal, an adrenaline experience and even a flat screen TV.

The afternoon event will be open to all and will also feature a children’s disco, a barbeque, face painting and a bar. With all money raised going to Macmillan Caring Locally and the Bournemouth Hospital Charity.

Kevin Wood, MD of Oceana Group, incorporating The Cumberland, said: “Myself and Rosie Wallace, the manager of the Marsham Court Hotel, decided to stage a charity event following the death of Rosie’s mum Jennie Deavin in April this year.

“Jennie was a much loved lady, a key figure in local hospitality and an outstanding charity supporter – and I think it’s safe to say she would have been tickled pink at the thought of all these ducks bobbing around in our pool for two such good causes.”

Rosie Wallace agreed: “Mum may have lost her life to cancer, but she was thinking of others right up until the end, including which charities would benefit from her funeral collection.”

She continued: “Like many people requiring end of life care, mum received a great deal of help from Macmillan Caring Locally and we are thrilled to be supporting them, along with the Cumberland’s chosen charity, the Bournemouth Hospital Charity.”

The Net a Duck event will take place on Sunday September 17, 2017, from 3pm-6pm at The Cumberland Hotel at 27 East Overcliff Drive, BH1 3AF.

It will cost £5 to net a duck and each duck will win a prize worth at least £5.

Rosie added: “We have approached Guinness World Records and registered our intention to attempt a world record for the number of people netting ducks in one day.

“Now all we need are as many people as possible to come along, raise some great money for charity, net some great prizes and maybe get us into the record books.”

vin ‘Gnome’ Wood attempts to net himself a duck, in the shape of Marsham Court general manager Rosie Wallace.

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