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MedEquip4Kids Quays Duck Race

7 April @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£2.50 – £20

Join us for the 8th annual MedEquip4Kids Duck Race at Salford Quays!

We are back with our flag ship event filled with family fun. Our event will open at 1pm where you will be able to enjoy:

  • family friendly entertainment with Louby Lou the Clown
  • delicious food stalls including; pizza, freshly made doughnuts, burgers and sandwiches
  • fairground rides
  • tombola with special prizes!

Itinerary for the day

1pm – 3:45pm duckling sales, entertainment and stalls
4pm business duck race
4:15pm community duckling race

Special prizes will be available for the lucky winners of the race including; a ​three course meal for two at The Botanist Deansgate, and jewelry from Beaverbrooks ​the Jewellers

Ducklings cost just £2.50* and can be purchased in person on the day, or online

*this price does not include a 20p booking fee for tickets booked online


About the charity

Each year the MedEquip4Kids Duck Race raises thousands of pounds each year for the charity’s work.

Based in Manchester, MedEquip4Kids improves the health and wellbeing of babies and children in the UK by providing equipment and facilities not available from limited NHS resources. We also deliver the Hummingbird Project: a programme of mental health workshops in schools.

The charity was set up in 1985 by a couple after their little girl became seriously ill with meningitis and was treated at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester, where she made a full recovery. At the time the hospital was unable to afford some vital items of equipment. To show their gratitude to the hospital that saved their daughter’s life, the couple began fundraising for the equipment.

We now work with medical staff, play therapists, community nurses and special schools throughout the UK to provide medical equipment and to improve the environment in hospitals.

Since our foundation we have raised over £24 million for children’s healthcare and last year our work had a positive impact on the health of 94,282 babies, children and young people in the UK. The equipment and services we deliver include:

  • Medical equipment including neo natal monitors, incubators, pulse oximeters, phototherapy units and vein scanners, improving the care offered to the most vulnerable patients.
  • Enhanced environments to calm and distract children, giving them a better experience of hospital treatment. These include multisensory rooms, soft play areas and sensory gardens.
  • Specialised equipment for special schools to give children with learning and physical disabilities greater mobility and independence.
  • Books, toys, games, art materials and communications aids for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • The Hummingbird Project, our six-week programme of workshops led by trained psychologists and volunteers to improve happiness and mental health in schools.


7 April
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£2.50 – £20
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Salford Watersports Centre
15 The Quays
Salford, M50 3SQ Salford
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