Television GP set to launch Chariots of Fire

Television GP, Dr Pixie McKenna, has been announced as the guest of honour at this year’s Chariots of Fire charity relay race, which is raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH). 

Dr McKenna is best known for her work on the Channel 4 programmes Embarrassing Bodies and Food Hospital. She has strong links with Cambridge having trained for three years at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge and still lives in the city. Pixie will be inspiring runners at the Chariots of Fire race on Sunday 20th September as guest of honour for EACH as this year’s nominated charity. 

The funds raised will go towards the charity’s Symptom Management Team who deliver care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ensuring all eligible life-threatened children, young people and their families have access to specialist support and advice. The team of highly qualified nurses offer expert advice to families who are making decisions around their child’s care and work alongside other health and wellbeing professionals to deliver a child focused care plan. 

“I am delighted to be representing EACH at this long-standing Cambridge event” said Dr McKenna. “I’ve visited the Milton hospice in the past and I’ve seen the great job EACH staff do in caring for local life-threatened children and their families. I am really looking forward to coming along to Chariots of Fire and cheering on everyone involved.” Sam Lucking, 

EACH Director of Income Generation, said: “We are extremely pleased that Dr Pixie McKenna has agreed to support EACH by opening the Chariots of Fire race. Dr McKenna has supported us in the past and we are so grateful she has agreed to support us again. It is wonderful to have such a well respected doctor representing our charity. “I will be running on the day and I’m looking forward to taking part in the iconic Cambridge event.” 

Charles Hewitson, Race Director said: “It’s a fantastic boost for the race to have Dr McKenna as this year’s race starter and we are very grateful to her for giving up her time to support Chariots of Fire. As the event approaches we are expecting plenty more teams to register and spectators to come along on the day to cheer everybody on. The atmosphere on the day is great and I’m certain this year will be no exception.” 

Chariots of Fire is the region’s longest running charity event and will be taking place on Sunday 20th September, starting at 9.30am. To show your support for EACH and their Symptom Management service visit their Justgiving page: www.justgiving.com/teams/EACH-Chariots or to enter a team in Chariots of Fire visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter