Chariots of Fire 2009 launching mental health awareness

Businesses, organisations and colleges around Cambridgeshire are gearing up for the challenge of another race through the historic city in aid of charity, with the launch of Chariots of Fire 2009.

 The event is the region’s largest charity relay race and the scenic 1.7 mile course follows in the footsteps of the famous film, set in Cambridge, which documented the British team’s path to victory in the 1924 Olympic Games. This year, Chariots of Fire has chosen to put mental health in the spotlight and support Cam-mind, Cambridge’s longest established mental health charity.

Aly Anderson, the charity’s Development Manager commented, “Mental health problems can strike at any time and one in four people in the UK will be affected at some point in their lives.“ “Cam-mind supports local people in their recovery, with services that are designed to help re-build confidence, reduce isolation and provide social support.” Cam-mind’s services include supported housing, one to one befriending and community groups. The money raised at the event will help to fund and expand the befriending project that teams up service users with a befriender volunteer. It will also support Cam-mind’s workplace training project, which includes the new, nationally-recognised Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. 

 Aly said, “The charity is planning to offer a range of services to businesses, colleges, schools and other employers in a bid to help them tackle stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace and challenge the stigma and discrimination that is so often the biggest barrier to recovery from mental health problems.” The event is sponsored by leading regional law firm, Hewitsons, and is supported by media partners, The Cambridge News. 

Race Director, Charles Hewitson from Hewitsons added, “Cam-mind is a fantastic charity which reaches out to a wide range of local people, creating unique opportunities to aid them in their recovery. People don’t need to suffer alone and support is out there for them if they need it. Therefore it is important to raise as much money as possible at Chariots of Fire 2009, to allow the charity to continue its vital work.” Charles continued, “Chariots of Fire is a great opportunity for local organisations and college members to join together for a great cause, whilst getting fit in the process. For those who don’t want to run in the race, it is also a great fun day out to come along and support the teams.” 

The race takes place on Sunday 20 September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green in Cambridge. Teams are made up of 6 members of varying categories, who run the course in relay format. From Monday 18 May, team registrations can be made online at www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk. Visit the Enter page to register your team. Please contact Hazel Kraus at hazelkraus@hewitsons.com or on 01223 461155, if you have queries regarding the event.