Runners to raise funds for local community charity

Charities announced for Chariots of Fire. Two Local charities, Home-Start Cambridge & District and Wallace Cancer Care are set to split the sponsorship raised form the cities infamous relay.

A charity which supports vulnerable families is set to benefit from the generosity of thousands of runners later this year. Home-Start Cambridge & District supports families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of issues including postnatal illness, multiple births, disability, family breakdown or bereavement; they may feel isolated and unable to connect with their local community. 

The charity is one of two who will receive money raised through this year’s Chariots of Fire charity relay race, which will take place on Sunday 19 September. Half of the funds will go to Wallace Cancer Care. Domestic violence, drug and alcohol related issues may make it difficult for families to engage with social services but by engaging with families at an early stage as difficulties begin to emerge, Home-Start support can prevent issues developing into more serious problems. Home-Start Cambridge & District’s share of sponsorship will be used to expand its services. The charity currently has 48 home visiting volunteers who visit local families on a weekly basis to offer friendship and support. 

 The charity’s fundraising trustee, Victoria Seabright, said: “We are so pleased to have been selected as one of the Chariots of Fire charities – it will give us a vital boost to our fundraising efforts. Requests for our services are currently outstripped by demand. Each year we train more volunteers to support local families and in an environment where statutory funding is under such pressure we welcome such a fantastic opportunity to boost our fundraising efforts and expand our capacity. Our Chariots team are the ‘The False Starts’ consisting of our scheme manager; Rita Levitt and her daughter, Nina; Helen and Iona, two of our volunteers; and James Ramsden and Colin Hulett, two of our supporters. They are already in training. I’m sure they will perform fantastically on the day.” 

Charles Hewitson, Race Director and Senior Partner at Hewitsons, said: “The money raised by the event will be a huge boost for both charities and provide essential funding for them. Every team’s sponsorship money will make a crucial difference to those who depend upon these charities for support.” Chariots of Fire takes place on Sunday 19 September, on Queens’ Green in Cambridge. Teams are made up of 6 members of varying categories, who run the course in relay format. Team can register online now here.