Charity relay race aims for record sponsorship totals

Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity relay race, Chariots of Fire, looks set to be one of its most successful years to date.

 With a record number of teams already registered to run in the race this year, the organisers are expecting plenty of sponsorship money to be raised for two local charities, Romsey Mill and Red Balloon - Cambridge Both charities work tirelessly to help the bullied children and disadvantaged youngsters and families in Cambridge and are counting on the crucial sponsorship money that will be raised at Chariots of Fire 2008. Organisers are hoping to beat last year’s total of £75,000. 

Charles Hewitson, Race Director and Senior Partner at Hewitsons said, “The money raised by the teams at this year’s event will provide an essential funding boost for the charities and will help them to continue the various programmes and activities they run.” Charles added, “As an incentive for the runners this year, we are offering a special prize to the team who raises the highest amount of sponsorship money. 

In the past, this has topped £9,000, so we hope to set a new record this year!” Romsey Mill CEO, Neil Perry said, “Romsey Mill reaches around 2200 young people and families each week in some of the most deprived areas of Cambridge, creating opportunities for development. The Chariots of Fire sponsorship money will be a vital donation towards projects like our Social Inclusion Programme, which works with 13-21 year olds to improve skills and confidence, raise aspirations and fulfil potential.” The Red Balloon Learner Centre works towards the recovery of bullied children. 

Director, Carrie Herbert said, “We rely heavily on funding from organisations such as Chariots of Fire to allow us continue the service we provide. The sponsorship money from this year’s event will be used to enhance the facilities at the Centre, which will enable us to provide the children with a richer and more varied education.” Solicitors, Hewitsons and financial and business advisors Grant Thornton UK LLP have organised the charity event since its inception in 1992. The race is backed by the News. 

The race will take place on Sunday 21 September, starting from Queens’ Green in Cambridge. The race follows a 1.7 mile course through the town centre, the beautiful Cambridge colleges and along the backs. A prize giving ceremony will take place at midday on Queens’ Green, after the race. 

Mike Hughes, Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP said, “Chariots of Fire is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved in raising money for two fantastic charities. This year, we have an exciting addition of some children’s entertainment that will take place in the registration marquee throughout the race, so bring along your whole family to join in the fun”. Photo: Runners from Chariots of Fire 2007