2016 celebrates the 25th anniversary of Chariots of Fire and today marks the official launch of the charitable relay race which takes place on Sunday 18th September.
This year all sponsorship monies raised from the event will go to this year’s official charity Papworth Hospital Charity. The charity is seeking to respond to the worldwide shortage of donor hearts and have identified a new source - known as non-beating heart donors. This could increase the number of hearts available for transplantation by 40% and save hundreds of lives as the heart transplant waiting list continues to grow. Their innovative and ground-breaking technique enables surgeons to utilise donor hearts which were previously considered too damaged to transplant.
However, in order to sustain this programme the hospital needs to secure funding; the programme has only been made possible through the generosity of charitable gifts. Please help them continue to provide this programme by entering a team and raising sponsorship or donating directly to Papworth Hospital Charity atwww.papworthchariots.com.
Professor John Wallwork CBE, Chairman of Papworth Hospital Charity said “We are delighted to be this year’s official charity for Chariots of Fire. Being part of this well known event will help us raise the much needed funds to support this groundbreaking medical development and will ensure that each and every one of our patients receive the best cardiothoracic (heart and lung) care possible. We will be entering teams from across the hospital and look forward to seeing you all on the start line in September.” Chariots of Fire is the regions longest running fundraising event and is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by solicitor firm Hewitsons LLP, and is backed by the Cambridge News.
Race Director, Charles Hewitsons said “We are delighted to be supporting Papworth Hospital Charity this year. Having visited the hospital recently and met with a couple of their patients it is clear that the pioneering work they are doing, has an immediate positive impact of their lives and their families. Remaining at the forefront of medical innovation, the charity is best served to provide for the ever increasing demands and requirements of the heart transplant waiting list. And I am delighted that Chariots of Fire provides a perfect opportunity for local organisations, the college community and supporters to join together and raise money for this deserving charity.”
The race takes place on Sunday 18th September and starts and end on Queens’ Green. Each runner will follow a picturesque and unique 1.7-mile route through some of Cambridge’s historic city centre and beautiful colleges, over the Cam and along the Backs, before passing on the baton to the next runner at Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 14th September at 5.00pm or earlier if registrations reach 380 teams.