The race is on to raise funds for vital repairs to disability day centre

Runners who register a team for Chariots of Fire 2013 will help to raise vital funds to improve an important service for disabled people in Cambridge. 

Cambridge’s largest relay race follows in the footsteps of the famous film, with teams of six each running a 1.7 mile course through the streets and University Colleges. 

This year, all sponsorship money raised will go towards urgently needed renovations and improvements to charity Papworth Trust’s Cambridge day centre. “Our Hawthorn Way centre was built in the 1970s and is in desperate need of essential repairs,” said Annette Angell, Fundraising Manager at Papworth Trust. 

 “We will use the sponsorship money raised by the Chariots of Fire runners to make vital changes, including carrying out renovations to create a more comfortable environment where disabled people are inspired to learn new skills and make new friends. “For example, we need a new reception area to make people feel more welcomed. We would also like to improve the centre’s hall so that other charities and organisations in the local community can use it. And it would be fantastic if we could run a new design and printing service from the centre, which would give disabled people the chance to gain valuable experience and training.” 

Heather Fryer started going to the centre 2 years ago because she wanted to improve her confidence and independence. She has a learning disability and a mental health condition. Heather takes part in different courses and activities 3 days a week and uses her bus pass to travel independently to the centre. “Before I came to Papworth Trust life was a bit boring,” said Heather. “Now at the centre I do Wii-Fit, knitting, art, go swimming and take part in the Eat Right Cookery group.” 

Race director, Charles Hewitson said, “By entering a team into Chariots of Fire today, you can help raise vital funds to improve the service for disabled people in your community. We would like to encourage all teams to raise as much money as possible to support this year’s selected charity Papworth Trust.” 

The race takes place on Sunday 22 September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green. To enter a team please visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter/