Herby's not ducking out of his training schedule

No, we're not going quackers here at Herbert Woods but we are looking forward to a quacking time.

You may well have spotted a large rubber duck on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and visitors will have seen him in action around our offices and marina.

His name is Herby (of course!) and he's in training for a very important event: the Grand Norwich Duck Race.


He gets up at the quack of dawn each day even in fowl weather as part of his bid to  transform himself into a lean, mean racing machine.

The duck race is an annual event organised by, and in aid of, Break a Norfolk charity which runs projects working with young people in care and children with disabilities.

As this week is National Carers Week, it seems timely to tell you more about Herby's hectic schedule and the good work done at Break too.

The Grand Norwich Duck Race takes place on 2 August, and Herbert Woods is sponsoring one of the corporate ducks taking part in the feathery fight for the finishing line.

Forget the university boat race for rousing riverside revelry, you need to see the ducks set off from St George's Bridge at 3pm and float downstream to the Ribs of Beef pub in Norwich.

Individuals can also take part by sponsoring a little duck in the second race of the afternoon which will see 3,000 wee rubber ducklings take to the water.

The event aims to raise funds for Break, which has children's homes and a therapeutic fostering service.

Its patron is BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey, who comes from Norwich.

The charity is also responsible for a range of other fun fundraising events, including last year's GoGoGorillas initiative, which saw a trail of decorated gorillas across Norwich.

Next year, the charity hopes to build on that success with GoGoDragons, which will be seen in the city in June 2015.

You can follow the build-up to the Grand Norwich Duck Race on Twitter with the hashtag #grandnorwichduckrace and @norwichduckrace To find out more about Break, visit the website on www.break-charity.org and on social media @breakwriter National Carers Week is also on Twitter: @carersweek and #carersweek You can sponsor a little duck here:


And make sure you look out for our Herby on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, with the hashtag #WheresHerby, and @HerbertWoods


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