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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 1.7 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 1.7miles 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

On your marks, get set and register for Chariots of Fire 2017

May 9th, 2017

Launch of COF 2017 with representatives of HCT and Alzheimer's Research UK

Launch of COF 2017 with representatives of HCT and Alzheimer’s Research UK

Runners at Alzheimer’s Research UK are limbering up for this year’s Chariots of Fire as today marks the official launch of the event’s 2017 partnership with the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

After a record-breaking year for Chariots of Fire in 2016, Alzheimer’s Research UK hopes to raise more than £140,000 through the region’s largest charitable relay race to help fund research into the link between dementia and Down’s syndrome.

The project is using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to explore why more than 50% of those living with Down’s syndrome in the UK go on to develop Alzheimer’s in their 50s.

Prof Tony Holland, who is leading the pioneering research project, said: “This study will drive forward our understanding of how Alzheimer’s progresses and unlock new approaches to treatment for future generations living with the disease – not just people with Down’s syndrome but also the wider population.”

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.

Race Director Charles Hewitson said: “We are excited to be supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK this year. Cambridge is such a hot-bed of cutting-edge scientific research that it’s great that Chariots of Fire can support such an important study happening in the city. Alzheimer’s is a cause so close to so many people and it’s clear this study will be an important piece of the puzzle in tackling it.”

“For over 25 years this event has raised over £1,000,000 for a wide variety of good causes. This year, as with all other years, I am grateful to all our supporters that enter teams, raise money, and turn up on the Sunday morning to help make Chariots a unique and special event for the city.”

The race takes place on Sunday 17th September and starts, and ends, on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13th 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

Further information
For more details about Chariots of Fire contact the administration team on 01223 461155 or visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk

About Hewitsons

Hewitsons is an ambitious law firm that treats each of our clients on an individual basis. We advise businesses, individuals and institutions such as charities, educational bodies and parts of the public sector. Hewitsons operates out of offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton to deliver high quality specialist legal services UK wide and via our international network, LawExchange. As a client you can expect us to consistently add value and achieve the very best results based on the application of quality, substance and the highest levels of professionalism. The firm’s website can be found at www.hewitsons.com
About Hewitsons Charitable Trust
Our charitable trust makes grants every year to one or two charities which are selected as the year’s recipients. We raise this money by running the popular Chariots of Fire relay race in Cambridge, where around 2,500 runners compete alongside each other over a short but inspiring course. Please see the separate Chariots of Fire website at www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk
About Alzheimer’s Research UK
Our vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

We are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner.

Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.

Record Breaking Year for Chariots of Fire 2016!

January 19th, 2017

Chariots of Fire 2016 cheque presentation

Chariots of Fire 2016 cheque presentation

2016 proved to be a record breaking year for Chariots of Fire with over £138,000 raised for Papworth Hospital Charity, its highest ever amount in any one year.

The giant cheque, in size and value, was presented to representatives of the Papworth Hospital Charity by the event organisers, Hewitsons Charitable Trust, on Wednesday 18th January.

During the presentation, acknowledgment was also given to team 178 ‘The Newmans’ who alone contributed an impressive £13,850, by far exceeding all other sponsorship amounts raised by one team.

This money, raised through Chariots of Fire, will now support Papworth Hospital Charity in seeking to respond to the worldwide shortage of donor hearts. It shall specifically contribute towards the funding of their pioneering technique – DCD Transplantation – and could increase the number of hearts available for transplantation by 40% and save hundreds of lives as the heart transplant waiting list continues to grow.

Their innovative and ground-breaking technique enables surgeons to utilise donor hearts which were previously considered too damaged to transplant – known as non-beating heart donors.

Over the course of 25 years, Chariots of Fire has raised in excess of £1million for a variety of worthwhile local charities. Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year on Sunday 17th September, the regions longest running charitable relay race, looks set to continue this established trend in its attempt to raise thousands of more pounds for this years selected charity, to be announced in May 2017. Team entries for the race this year open online https://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter/  also in May 2017.

Charles Hewitson said: “As race director for Chariots of Fire I am delighted to witness this extraordinary achievement which has greatly exceeded the original, but no less ambitious, target of £120,000 set by Papworth Hospital Charity. The continued level of support extended to each charity by the Cambridge Community and the generosity provided by each of the Colleges and our event suppliers is further testament to the appeal of Chariots and I would like to thank every participant for this support.”

Stephen Posey, Chief Executive of Papworth Hospital said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of all those involved in raising a huge amount of money to support a pioneering transplant programme at Papworth Hospital which will transform the lives of critically-ill patients in our care.  On behalf of Papworth Hospital, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who entered the race, donated, volunteered and of course to Hewitsons Charitable Trust; your generosity will make a huge difference to our patients not just here and now but in the future.”