Crowds of supporters will try their luck on a rubber duck to raise vital funds for Brainwave.


The annual charity event has become a staple in the Easter event calendar with 2020 marking the 11th year of The Manchester Duck Race. This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet and will be returning to the River Irwell at New Bailey on Good Friday, 10 April from 11 am.

The money raised from the event will ensure Brainwave can continue to help children with disabilities reach their potential. The charity’s multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, learning development specialists and speech and language therapists develop structured and bespoke therapy programmes, which fit in with family life and helps children with disabilities achieve greater independence.


Ducks are now available to purchase from Brainwave’s website and start from as little as £1.
There are incredible prizes up for grabs for the fastest ducks, including a Eurocamp family holiday. All ducks are collected from the river after the race and are recycled. The 2018 and 2019 ducks all became plastic buckets and household items.


Carole Headley, Brainwave’s senior fundraising manager and event organiser said:

We are so delighted to be bringing The Manchester Duck Race back for its 11th year with the help of our partners at New Bailey.

It’s such an incredible day out for all the family and in addition to the duck race, there will be thrilling fairground rides, fabulous celebrity guests, wonderful music and entertainment from our media partner Smooth Radio, a range of delicious food stalls, incredible performers and much, much more. There’s an amazing atmosphere on the day, you’d be ‘quackers’ to miss it!


New Bailey has been the central hub and an avid supporter of the Duck Race for four years. During this time, the New Bailey scheme has changed beyond all recognition, from a once under-utilised car park to a bustling business and leisure neighbourhood. The development is being delivered by the English Cities Fund – a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England, in partnership with Salford City Council.


Phil Mayall, regional director at The English Cities Fund, said:

The work Brainwave does for local children living with disabilities is such a lifeline to those families, and it is always fantastic to see the local community come out in force at The Manchester Duck Race to support them.


We hope that this year’s fundraiser will be bigger than ever, and I’d encourage any local businesses to do what they can to back Brainwave by picking up a corporate duck of their own.


Carole went on to say:

The children we work with achieve incredible milestones by being on a Brainwave Therapy Programme. We do not receive government funding and rely on donations and fundraising events like The Manchester Duck Race to run our three main centres, including the local North West Centre in Warrington, Cheshire.

Whether you buy a £1 duck, your company sponsors one of our big corporate ducks or you just come along on the day to soak up the atmosphere – you’ll be helping a child with disabilities access our specialised Therapy Programme and achieve greater independence.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the New Bailey team who not only welcome us to stage the event on the New Bailey site each year but also support this event so enthusiastically. I’d also like to thank Smooth Radio and I Love MCR for their continued support in helping us spread the word about The Manchester Duck Race – helping us to raise lots of money for Brainwave.


Purchase your duck or sponsor the event 

2017 Brainwave Manchester Duck Race Corporate Duck Entries