Calling all charities applying for Chariots of Fire 2016

Next year Chariots of Fire will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity relay race, has raised over £1 million for local charities.

For any charity wishing to apply to be the official recipient charity of monies raised through the 2016 race, scheduled on Sunday 18th September, application forms are available to download off the website - simply visit The deadline for charity applications is Tuesday 19th January at 5pm and the selected official recipient charity will be formally announced in May 2016. 

Organisers of the event, Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of law firm Hewitsons LLP, and media Partners the Cambridge News, never imagined that from the initial idea that Chariots would become such an established event in the city’s calendar, with an incredible estimated 37,470 people having taken part over the years in the race. 

Since its launch Chariots of Fire has supported a wide variety of worthy causes and charities. This year, monies are still coming in for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), the official recipient of the 2015 race. Karen Newton, EACH Cambridgeshire Fundraising Manager, said: “We are delighted with the level of support received through Chariots of Fire this year, but would now encourage all participants to gather together and hand in their sponsorship monies by the 18th December. 

This year we set an ambitious yet necessary target for our Symptom Management Team to ensure the provision of a team of specialist nurses who deliver a high quality symptom management service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our aim is to ensure that all life-threatened children, young people and their families have access to vital support and advice when they need it most and the provision of these nurses is funded through local fundraising for EACH”. 

Race Director, Charles Hewitson said: “This years’ race was another success and I hope that the amount of support for EACH I witnessed on Queens’ Green and along the route is now replicated with sponsorship money the charity is looking to raise. Every year the continued level of support extended to the official charity by the Cambridge Community and the generosity of each of the Colleges and our event suppliers is further testament to the appeal of Chariots. 

I would recommend any charities interesting in applying to do so, not only do you raise sponsorship monies but also secure excellent publicity for your cause. It is such an enjoyable event and there is a real sense of camaraderie on the day”.