Monday, November 28, 2022

Raft race ready to go ‘back to the 80s’ at ‘light speed’

The Deepings Raft Race is returning to the River Welland on Sunday 7 August, with support from a new sponsor, Spalding-based LightSpeed Broadband, after a two-year break. Up to fifty rafts are due to participate in in this year’s event which is themed ‘Back to the 80s!’and aims to raise money to support local charities in Lincolnshire.

LightSpeed is bringing the region’s fastest internet to Market Deeping as part of the roll out of its full fibre network across the East of England. Thousands of properties in Market Deeping, Stamford, Bourne and Spalding can now connect to super smooth symmetrical upload and download speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, with thousands more being added each week.

Twenty-three times faster than the average broadband speeds currently available, and five times more reliable than standard fibre, 1000Mbps speeds enable home working, streaming online entertainment, high speed gaming and video calling with no buffering, lag or dropouts on multiple devices at the same time.

The Raft Race event will include six different races starting on Bridge Street Deeping St James at 12.00 pm and finishing in the town centre of Market Deeping. Trophies will be awarded to winners of each race which feature: The Main race, Business race, Fun race, Ladies only race, Pub race and Youth race (under 18s). There are numerous ways to be involved, including entering a team and building a raft, volunteering as a steward or marshal, becoming a sponsor, booking a stall, or simply attending the event.

Spectators are invited to watch, with the best view of the rafts from Bridge Street, Deeping St James and they will also be able to enjoy numerous stalls, street food, and a funfair as part of the day. Organisers will be asking for donations for wristbands to support the Ukrainian Refugee appeal.

The LightSpeed team will be participating by building a LightSpeed raft to race in the Business race, as well as serving free coffee, tea and cold drinks from the LightSpeed Coffee Cart.

Kevin Barber, a Rotarian from The Deepings, said: “It’s great to have LightSpeed on board supporting The Deepings Raft Race. This event is really popular and widely supported in our community, which means we can raise awareness and money for St Barnabas Hospice, Wake House and Deepings Community Wellbeing Group charities. LightSpeed understands the value of community, and their support shows through their involvement. We urge competitors to get on with building their rafts and to send in their entry forms.”

Carmé Mandzij, Sales and Community Engagement Lead for LightSpeed Broadband, said: “We’re excited to be working with Kevin and the team and to be involved in such a fun event, with a fantastic cause for local charities. I’m looking forward to our LightSpeed raft in August!”

LightSpeed started its full fibre roll out in South Lincolnshire last year and has invested £25 million in nine towns across the region including Boston, Bourne, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Market Deeping, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford. The company is on track to reach 200,000 homes across the East of England by the end of this year and become the region’s leading internet service provider. Based at Fulney Hall in Spalding, the company has created more than 60 jobs across the region with the aim of providing a first class, locally based service.

LightSpeed is offering its 1 Gigabit symmetrical broadband package at £39.95 per month for a 24-month contract (or £44.95 for a 12-month contract), including a Nokia engineered Wi-Fi 6 LightSpeed Hub. There is a £30 one-off home setup fee, and optional Nokia Wi-Fi 6 Beacons are £80 each. Customers can visit the LightSpeed Lounge at Fulney Hall to try out the service latest tech devices and experience ‘Life at LightSpeed’ for themselves. Appointments can be booked every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. For further information and to register interest, visit


Image credit: Chris Lowndes.

Photographed are (L-R) Raft Race committee member, Tracy Hollis, sales & community engagement advisor, Samantha Fear, sales & community engagement lead, Carmé Mandzij, Raft Race organiser, Kevin Barber.

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