East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be limbering up for next year’s Chariots of Fire after being selected as the official recipient charity.
Whilst it was decided to cancel Chariots of Fire 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic situation, plans are in place for the event to come back bigger and better in 2021.
Indeed, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be limbering up for next year’s Chariots of Fire after being selected as the official recipient charity.
The charity is fundraising to help people in Cambridgeshire develop life-saving CPR skills.
East Anglian Air Ambulance can be tasked to any kind of life-changing or life-threatening medical emergency, however cardiac arrests, which happen at home, at work or out in the community, are the most common type of incident the crews attend. Cardiac arrests can happen in people of all ages, for a range of different medical reasons.
In this situation, early bystander CPR and use of a defibrillator, before the emergency services arrive, make the biggest impact on that person’s chance of survival. The charity is passionate about teaching as many people as possible these life-saving skills so that more people survive a cardiac arrest. £97,500 is EAAA’s fundraising target for Chariots of Fire, to help them deliver more life-saving training across the county.
Georgina Forbes, Community Fundraiser for EAAA said: “By having another full-time trainer and additional equipment, we will be able to help many more people across the county to learn these skills and help to save more lives. Our crews attended 77 cardiac arrests in Cambridgeshire alone last year and we’re passionate about doing everything we can to help these patient’s get the best care and the best outcome possible. By supporting Chariots of Fire, you will be helping to save lives in Cambridgeshire.”
Race Director, Charles Hewitson said: “This is an exceptional year and while we plan to be back on the Green in 2021, I would like to thank all our supporters and participants for their understanding regarding our approach this year. I am delighted that in 2021 Chariots of Fire will once again provide the stage for local organisations, colleges and supporters to join together and raise money for this deserving cause.”
Building on the community spirit of the event, during 2020, all past participants and supporters are being encouraged to join us online and share their fond memories and pictures on the Chariots Facebook page @Chariots.of.fire.cambs.
Since Chariots of Fire started in 1992, over £1.48million pounds has now been raised for a wide variety of worthy charitable causes including £92,000 raised last year on behalf of Addenbrookes Charitable Trust.
Next year’s race is planned to take place on Sunday 19th September 2021 and will start and end on Queens’ Green. Team registrations will go live in April 2021.
Chariots of Fire is one of the regions longest running fundraising events and is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by solicitor firm Hewitsons LLP.