Local mental health charity, Cam-mind, received a huge funding boost this week when they were presented with a cheque for £50,000 from the 2009 Chariots of Fire charity relay race.
The cheque presentation ceremony took place at Hewitsons, sponsors of the event and was attended by the Mayor of Cambridge, representatives of the charity and media partners, the Cambridge News. The money was raised by around 370 teams who ran in the race in September 2009.
It will be used by the charity primarily to fund its expanding befriending project and to raise awareness of mental health issues among local employers by promoting the nationally-recognised Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course.Aly Anderson, the charity’s development manager said, “We are extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to be this year’s Chariots of Fire beneficiary and would like to thank all those involved in raising so much money for Cam-mind.”“This funding is crucial in allowing us to develop our projects which support local people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and to help tackle the stigma and discrimination that so often surrounds mental ill health.” Members of the team who raised the highest sponsorship, The Howard Property Group, also attended the ceremony at Hewitsons, raising a fantastic £2,552.59.
Tom Amies, Howard Group Finance Director said, “We really enjoyed taking part in the event and are very pleased with our fundraising efforts for such a great charity.” Charles Hewitson, race director and senior partner at Hewitsons added, “2009 was a very successful year for Chariots of Fire and we are delighted with the amount raised. I would like to add our thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and efforts in raising money.
Cam-mind works tirelessly in the community to support those with mental health disorders and are therefore an extremely deserving charity.”Chariots of Fire 2010 will take place on Sunday 19 September and teams can register online to run in the event between May and September. For further details call Alison Hickford on 01223 461155.