A record fundraising effort by participants in this year’s OSCAR Dragon Boat Race has brought in £217,000 to help fund leukaemia treatment and research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

The cash, almost half of which was raised by Union Maritime, brings the total raised for the hospital since the first Dragon Boat Race in 2011 to £2.5m.

The money raised is funding the OSCAR Fellowship — named after the son of Spinnaker’s co-founder and chairman Phil Parry — which is attempting to find a solution for the 50% of child leukaemia patients that relapse after receiving initially successful CAR T-cell therapy treatment.