England’s chief medical officer and key workers honored in ‘superhero’ charity raft race

Rowers dressed as superheroes and key UK workers were seen guiding their homemade rafts down the River Thames as a charity boat race returned this year.

The Thames Water Raft Race, which has lasted for more than two decades, was canceled last year due to Covid-19.

This year’s event is a superhero theme honoring key workers who have supported the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted the cancellation of last year’s race.

But he returned on Thursday as Thames Water staff wearing disguises took to the water in Reading to raise money for the Water Aid charity.

In honor of the work of key workers during the pandemic, the theme for the day was superheroes.

Batman and Wonder Woman were among the contestants (Steve Parsons / PA)

Some took the theme at face value with Batman and Wonder Woman among the attendees.

Others donned medical scrubs or Tom Moore masks, while one team wore t-shirts with a photo of England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the caption: “Next slide please . “

The event has been going on for over two decades (Steve Parsons / PA)

Through a partnership with Water Aid, employees raised more than £ 1.3million to improve access to safe drinking water for underprivileged communities in Malawi as part of their recent Thames Loves Malawi project.

In total, the company has donated more than £ 40million to Water Aid since the association was founded in 1981, Thames Water said.