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The Great Dames are limbering up for their fourth year at Chariots of Fire in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK

July 17th, 2017

Great Dames team 2015_1Race veteran Dame Mary Archer has rounded up some fellow dames once again for Chariots of Fire this year to raise £5,000 for pioneering dementia research.

Dame Mary, who set up the Chariots of Fire team ‘The Great Dames’ in 2013, has signed up to take on the city’s famous relay race in support of the UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The Great Dames have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities through Chariots of Fire with the team line-up changing each year – but always being made up of “genuine dames”.

Dame Mary explained that although they won’t be the fastest, they will certainly make up for it with their fundraising.

She said: “Each year we have done this our team has always been composed solely of genuine dames though one of these is also a baroness. It definitely requires some persuasion to get the line up together!

“Our dames may not run as well as the younger teams but they certainly have great address books of contacts who support us!”

Dame Mary has recruited more than ten dames for the relay race since she first led her team in 2013 and is now looking forward to another great race in September with aim of raising £5,000 for Cambridge-based Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The scientist and former Cambridge University lecturer said: “Dementia is the most distressing condition so what is really exciting is that scientists are beginning to get a handle on it in terms of causation and the way the different diseases are structured. This paves the way for the diseases to be tackled and effective treatments to be identified.”

This year’s Great Dames line-up includes Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, former BBC Governor and Chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, who is also an original member of the team, and Dame Nicola Nelson-Taylor, a headteacher based in Newcastle who has been recognised for her services to education.

Tim Parry, Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are delighted to have the support of The Great Dames who are true veterans of the Chariots of Fire race. Dame Mary Archer has supported our work for many years, having helped launch the charity when it started out as Alzheimer’s Research Trust and then again when she opened our current offices in Granta Park in 2014 so we are delighted she is supporting us once again.

“We wish Mary and her dames the best of luck for race day and thank them for helping us power vital research here in Cambridge. We hope it will provide us with more answers to tackle the diseases that cause dementia, taking us one step closer to finding a life-changing treatment.

Chariots of Fire is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by Solicitors Hewitsons LLP, and backed by the Cambridge News.

Charles Hewitson, Race Director, said “We are delighted that Chariots of Fire is regularly supported each year. A good number of teams have already signed up to this years race on the 17th September, but there are spaces for other teams to join in with this enjoyable event. I would encourage anyone interested in entering a team to do so to avoid disappointed as team numbers are capped at 400 this year.”

The race starts and finishes on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13 September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

Chariots of Fire veteran gathers teams to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK – a cause close to his heart

July 13th, 2017

Simon Gibson and Kirsty Goodchild from Mattioli Woods

Simon Gibson and Kirsty Goodchild

Chariots of Fire veteran Simon Gibson will be running harder than ever in this year’s race to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK – in honour of his dad who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The dad-of-three is determined to clock up a ‘PB’ (personal best) in this year’s race on Sunday 17 September as his own father, Alan, has been living with Alzheimer’s since 2009, and is now “happy” in a care home near Newmarket, the area he lived and worked for more than 50 years.

Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion Simon will run as part of one of two teams from Mattioli Woods, which has become a tradition for the wealth management company. He was delighted when he heard Chariots of Fire had chosen Alzheimer’s Research UK as its official charity for 2017.

He said: “I think we have had a team in Chariots of Fire for around 13 years and I have taken part in most of those races. Although I was more than a decade younger when I took on my first Chariots of Fire I would like to say I will run harder than ever and hopefully get a personal best – the youngsters had better watch out!”

Simon was made a champion of the UK’s leading dementia research charity in recognition of his fundraising efforts and dedication to raising awareness about dementia by sharing his own experience.

The 51-year-old’s father, Alan Gibson, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009 and although he was cared for at home initially, he had to move into a care home last year.

His eldest son Simon is determined to do all he can for Alzheimer’s Research UK and raise as much as possible from Chariots of Fire, through  raising sponsorship by encouraging friends, family, clients and professional connections to give generously to fund the study into people living with Down’s Syndrome who have a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Simon knows the importance of this study as his own godson is living with Down’s syndrome and is aware of the elevated risk of dementia.

Tim Parry, Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We know that we can beat dementia because it is caused by diseases of the brain that research has the power to delay, slow or stop. We can only achieve breakthroughs against dementia with the backing of supporters like Simon, who continue to raise vital funds for our world-class research.

“We are delighted that after so many years of taking part in Chariots of Fire Simon will be doing it for Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2017, a cause so close to his heart. We are looking forward to cheering on Simon’s efforts on the day!”

Chariots of Fire is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by Solicitors Hewitsons LLP, and backed by the Cambridge News.

Charles Hewitson, Race Director, said “With 850,000 people in the UK currently living with Alzheimer’s and with this number expected to grow to one million by 2025 we are delighted that more and more teams are entering each day to raise these valuable finds for our official charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, for their important research project.”

The race starts and finishes on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13 September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

Cambridge-based accountants limber up for Chariots of Fire

July 3rd, 2017

Representatives from Price BaileyCambridge-based chartered accountants and business advisers Price Bailey are the latest organisation to pledge support for Alzheimer’s Research UK in this year’s Chariots of Fire, entering three teams to raise money for vital research.

The company, which is in its second year of fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK, has signed up 18 runners to take on the renowned relay and raise money for dementia research.

James King, Corporate Social Responsibility Partner at Price Bailey, said:

“Everyone at Price Bailey has really got behind the fundraising and it’s clear that it is a charity close to many people’s hearts.

“Most people know someone affected by dementia, which is why I think people have been so determined to do their bit, it’s fantastic that we have so many members of staff taking part in the Chariots of Fire.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK has a host of fundraising ideas for organisations and teams looking to take on Chariots of Fire and raise money to help defeat dementia. From plank challenges to a Wimbledon sweepstake there are quick and easy fundraising ideas for everyone.

Sponsorship will help Alzheimer’s Research UK power a pioneering brain imaging project at the University of Cambridge looking at the brains of people with Down’s Syndrome as more than 50% of those living with Down’s syndrome in the UK go on to develop Alzheimer’s in their 50s. It is hoped that the findings from the study will bring about a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently, 850,000 people in the UK are living with the condition and this number is expected to grow to one million by 2025.

Tim Parry, Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are delighted that Price Bailey has entered three teams into Chariots of Fire as part of their ongoing fundraising efforts for us. They have been creative with their fundraising to date with themed charity fun days and an ongoing running challenge, so Chariots of Fire is right up their street.”

“We are looking forward to seeing other Cambridge firms and groups taking on Chariots of Fire for us so we can push on with research into treatments that will make a difference to millions of lives affected by dementia.”

Chariots of Fire is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by Solicitors Hewitsons LLP, and backed by the Cambridge News.

Charles Hewitson, Race Director, said “It is always welcome to see local organisations get together and enter teams into Chariots of Fire. One of the many advantages of the race is the long term relationships that get forged between the teams and the Official Charity, sometimes leading to continued support for the Charity years after the final runner crosses the line.”

The race starts and finishes on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13 September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

To find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and their research please visit http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Ready, Steady, Go! Hewitsons prepare themselves for Chariots of Fire

June 8th, 2017

Hewitsons Chariots of Fire

Cambridge law firm Hewitsons is preparing to go further and faster for this years Chariots of Fire race by entering an unprecedented five teams.

With up to 400 teams anticipated to enter Chariots of Fire the race organisers, Hewitsons Charitable Trust, will once again don their distinctive red t-shirts and run the unique 1.6 miles course though the heart of the City. All have pledged to raise money for this year’s official charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK). The runners include a wide range of abilities, from those that enjoy a fun-run pace to the eager sprinters of team ‘Hewligan’.

One team captain Lynne Adams, Associate said: “I am keen to captain a team and I am excited to see how well our runners perform on the day. It is great to be part of a well-known event such as Chariots of Fire. We aim to raise as much money as possible for ARUK and, providing we have no injuries, finish the race with time to spare.”

Race Director, Charles Hewitson said: “Chariots of Fire has become a staple event in Cambridge, bringing together numerous corporates, individuals and Colleges. The camaraderie and team spirit is amazing. It is a great opportunity for people to get together and enter a team with their colleagues or friends and help raise money for this years official charity Alzheimer’s Research UK“

The race starts and finishes on Queens’ Green on Sunday 17th September. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13 September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

To enter a team, visit http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk or to find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and their research please visit http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

 

Actor living with Down’s syndrome set to take on Chariots of Fire

May 23rd, 2017

Picture2Actor Russell Ramsey will be swapping the limelight for the glory of taking part in Chariots of Fire this September to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 35-year-old is no stranger to taking on new challenges having played parts in hit TV shows Extras, alongside Ricky Gervais and Daniel Radcliffe, and Never Better with Stephen Mangan. But this time, he’s pulling on his running shoes to join a team representing the Defeat Dementia in Downs Syndrome study that is funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, this year’s Chariots of Fire official charity.

Alzheimer’s disease is more common in people with Down’s syndrome than the wider population. More than 50% of those living with Down’s syndrome in the UK go on to develop Alzheimer’s in their 50s.

The researchers completing the pioneering study at the University of Cambridge hope their findings will contribute to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s across the wider population, not just in those living with Down’s syndrome.

Russell, who was the first person to sign up to the study, said: “I have two family members who have Alzheimer’s and it is so sad. I wanted to help with this study to help people with Alzheimer’s in the future. People who have Down’s syndrome like me and other people.”

He already has a head start on his training for Chariots of Fire as he’s a regular at the gym each week. He also loves running, which means he’ll enjoy every minute of the 1.6miles he needs run to complete his leg of the charity relay race.

Russell added:”I like running – I did the Sawston Fun Run last year and am looking forward to taking part in Chariots of Fire.”

As part of the study, which is collecting data from participants over the next few years, Russell is having brain scans and tests at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and at his home.

David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It is brilliant to have the support of Russell, not only in the study but also in Chariots of Fire.

“We will be pulling together our own Chariots of Fire team at Alzheimer’s Research UK and so will be coming out in force on Sunday 17 September, making this a memorable year for dementia research in Cambridge.”

Chariots of Fire is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by Solicitors Hewitsons LLP, and backed by the Cambridge News.

The renowned relay race sees local teams, organisations, and colleges enter to claim the crowning glory of Chariots of Fire while raising money for a worthy charity.

According to Hewitsons Charitable Trust “Alzheimer’s Research UK and dementia is prominent in the news and the public domain at present and we are delighted to support them and are proud to have entered five teams this year and have already pledged to raise money for this important research project. We would urge any person looking to support this cause to enter a team by visiting http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter

The race starts and finishes on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13 September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

To enter a team, visit http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter or to find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and their research please visit http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org