Island Savings squad takes the Sidney bed races

Second annual Bed Races on Beacon raises $16,000 for palliative care.

TD Canada Trust races against Panorama Rec. Centre staff during the second annual Bed Races on Beacon held in Sidney Aug. 16.

Sidney is getting into bed with the Rest Haven Foundation — to the tune of $16,000.

Teams in the second annual Bed Races on Beacon enjoyed Sunday’s event and donated even more money than their entry fees to the Foundation and its palliative care programs at Sidney’s Rest Haven Lodge seniors care facility.

“It was a huge success,” said organizer and Foundation Executive Director Brenda Hennigar in an email Monday.

Fifteen teams took part in the event that saw former hospital beds racing down a portion of Beacon Avenue in downtown Sidney.

This year’s overall race winner was the group from Island Savings — who defeated TD Canada Trust, who were runners-up in last summer’s inaugural event.

The Royal Jubilee Hospital (Island Health) team was named costume champions for their Little Bo Peep theme, followed by Firm Property Management’s tribute to super heroes and the Sidney BIA Buccaneers.

This year’s event was sponsored by 100.3 The Q radio station and their Get In Bed With Ed promotion was a success with the crowd.

As promised, there were plenty of water guns and water balloons keeping the mood light and members of the crowd got into the act, helping keep race participants cool.