The trustees of Hewitsons Charitable Trust are delighted to announce through the generosity of everyone involved in Chariots of Fire 2019, over £92,000 has been raised for ACT.
This money was raised by the army of over 2100 runners who participated in the race last September and those who sponsored them. All monies have gone towards a new specialist children’s ambulance service, dedicated to providing the highest level of care for the regions sickest children. Servicing on average 1,700 patients a year we are especially pleased to announce that one specialist emergency ambulance is already on the roads in Cambridgeshire, providing life-saving support and care.
ACT’s Director of Fundraising, Gemma Downham, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the huge sum of money raised by Chariots of Fire and the generosity of the participants and the public. The people in Cambridgeshire are so incredibly supportive and I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the race last September. The money raised will fund the first of two Emergency Children’s Ambulances to transfer critically ill children across the East of England. We couldn't have delivered this without the kind support of the community, thank you.”
Since Chariots of Fire started in 1992, over £1.48million pounds has now been raised for a wide variety of worthy charitable causes.
Race Director, Charles Hewitson paid tribute to all the participants for the amount raised, saying: "The race is very popular and people deserve credit for raising such a large amount. We're absolutely delighted that the results of this event can already been seen on the road, and we would like to offer special thanks to ACT, and all its supporters, for making last year’s race such an enjoyable occasion.
“Sadly the world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority. It is with regret that in light of this situation and Government guidance and communication, we have taken the decision to cancel the Chariots of Fire race 2020 but we will be back in 2021”.