Sponsorship is the name of the game for Chariots of Fire 2009

This year, Cambridge’s premier charity event, Chariots of Fire, will be looking to raise a record amount of sponsorship to support people experiencing mental health problems.

The race is based on the celebrated film and will see 2500 runners pounding through the city centre and Kings, Clare and Trinity colleges to battle it out for a variety of coveted trophies. 

The Herculean effort of the Chariots teams this year will be in aid of Cam-mind, Cambrige’s longest established mental health charity. Leading law firm Hewitsons, organisers of the race, are hoping to top the £70,000 raised last year. Cam-mind offers a wide range of community projects and services to support mental health service users in Cambridgeshire, designed to empower people to resume an active life within the community and to challenge the prejudices and misunderstandings that undermine recovery from mental health problems. 

Aly Anderson, the charity’s Development Manager said, “At least one in four people in this region will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and the current economic downturn means that the numbers of people affected will increase.” “We are therefore hoping the Chariots teams can raise plenty of sponsorship money to help fund the expansion of our one-to-one befriending scheme and the launch of our pioneering new workplace training/wellbeing project, designed to help local employers tackle stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace.” “We know we can make a huge difference to people’s lives but need the help and support from fundraising activities such as Chariots to enable us to do this vital work.”

Charles Hewitson, senior partner at Hewitsons added, “Since 1992 the event has raised over £800,000 for different charities and over the years we have seen the positive impact sponsorship can make.” He continued, “With 420 teams expected to enter the race this year, if every team raised just £250 it would make a grand total of £105,000 for the charity! That would only be around £40 per team member to raise!” 

The race takes place on Sunday 20 September, starting from Queens’ Green at 9.30am. It is run in relay format with 6 team members each running a leg. If you would like to enter a team, register online on the website. For further information call Hazel Kraus at 01223 461155.