On Monday 25th January 2016 Hewitsons Charitable Trust hosted the 2015 Chariots of Fire cheque presentation. In total £78,000 was raised thanks to all the efforts of over 2,280 runners.
The presentation was attended by representatives from the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in addition to the race President Sir Michael Marshall, race Director Charles Hewitson, the Cambridge Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden and Chris Elliott of the Cambridge News.
In total £78,000 was raised thanks to all the efforts of over 2,280 runners from the 380 teams that took part in the race last September – much to the delight of the charity. Graham Butland, the charity's chief executive, said: "We're amazed and delighted by the huge sum of money raised by Chariots of Fire. We always find that people in CAMBRIDGESHIRE are incredibly helpful and generous to us, and I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the race last September. "We couldn't deliver the care that we do without that kind of support." It costs about £6 million to run the hospices each year, much of the money coming from public donations.
Monies from the race will go to The EACH True Colours Symptom Management Team, who work to ensure all life-threatened children, young people and their families have access to vital support and advice when they need it most, 24/7. They provide families with choices to manage their child or young person’s healthcare needs and symptoms in a place of their choosing and work with families and local care professionals to develop individual symptom management plans.
Cambridge's Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden, said: "The race is very popular, and people deserve credit for raising such a big amount." The presentation was also attended by Dame Mary Archer, as representative of the team that raised the highest sponsorship amount, ‘The Great Dames’, with an impressive £6800.
During the presentation race director Charles Hewitson paid tribute to all the participants for the amount raised, saying: "We're absolutely delighted, and a special thank-you to Mary Archer and her team too, for the sum they raised, and to our honorary president, Sir Michael Marshall, for his continuing support." This year's event – the 25th anniversary of the popular run – will be on Sunday September 18. It will be launched in May, at which time the charity or charities to benefit in 2016 will be revealed.