For anyone of a certain age, the thought of rowing a dragon boat has only one theme tune. Hawaii Five-O had an iconic title sequence and so, when the opportunity to race dragon boats along the Ipswich waterfront arose, most of our team only had one image in their minds.

A great cause

As a family funeral director, we believe wholeheartedly in supporting good causes whenever we can. This is especially the case with charities like Fresh Start new beginnings, an Ipswich-based charity who provide therapeutic services for children and young people, many of whom have gone through things that no one should ever have to face.

The challenge

They challenged Hunnaball of Ipswich to put together a team for a Dragon Boat Race on 11th June 2022 in aid of the charity, competing against other local businesses and raising funds. And so, a number of our work family volunteered to take part, and the Men in Black Dragon Boat Racing Team was born.

Great fun

With some sense of trepidation, the Men in Black (who were by no means all men) donned t-shirts and top hats and turned up at Ipswich waterfront on 11th June. Bravely, they jumped into their dragon boat and, with no practice whatsoever, had a huge amount of wet, tiring fun. They only capsized once and gave a really good account of themselves. The entire Hunnaball Family Funeral Group were proud of them.

The main thing

The Men in Black team have raised, so far, £1167, to help support Fresh Start new beginnings, and the entire event raised well over £25000. It also raised awareness, while giving competitors and spectators alike a brilliant day out.

Next year

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group are known throughout Suffolk and Essex for the professionalism and compassion of their team… and for Ladies in Hats, our women funeral conductors. Thus, if all goes to plan, next year we will enter two different teams into this fabulous event. The Men in Black and The Ladies in Hats.

You can still donate to this wonderful cause through our Just Giving page.