Calling all charities applying for Chariots of Fire 2017

Applications for charities wishing to be the official Chariots of Fire recipient charity in 2017 are now open. Over the course of its 25 year history, the charitable race has raised over £1 million.

Over the course of its 25 year history, the charitable relay race has raised over £1 million for a variety of worthwhile local charities, with tens of thousands of pounds being raised each year.

 It is hoped that the race next year, expected to take place on Sunday 17th September 2017, continues the tradition of raising significant amounts of money for the 2017 recipient charity. To apply, charities can download an application form via

The deadline for charity applications is Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 5pm and the selected official recipient charity will be formally announced in May 2017. An established event in the city's event calendar, Chariots of Fire, organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of law firm Hewitsons LLP, has over the years supported a wide variety of worthy causes and charities. 

All funds currently being raised following the 2016 race, in September, are in support of Papworth Hospital Charity and their DCD transplantation programme. A pioneering technique that involves transplanting non-beating hearts, significantly increasing the number of transplantations in their quest to reduce transplant waiting lists. If you would like to contribute and help Papworth Hospital Charity raise their target of £120,000 please visit their Just Giving page at 

Over the years, in addition to raising valuable funds, each official charity has also benefitted from a genuine legacy benefit from the exposure Chariots of Fire provides them. Race Director, Charles Hewitson said: “I have been pleased to witness the benefits provided by Chariots to the selected charity each year. The continued level of support extended to each 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 interested in applying to do so”.