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27th January 2012

£52,000 raised by Chariots of Fire 2011

On Thursday 25th January, Hewitsons co-hosted the presentation of the Chariots of Fire cheque to the Rosie Hospital Campaign and representatives of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (Act). In total an impressive £52,000 was raised during last year’s race, thanks to the efforts of over 1,900 runners from the 320+ teams.

The proceeds from the race will further support the Rosie Hospital Campaign in revamping and extending the much loved and highly regarded maternity hospital. A purpose-built, three-storey extension is being constructed on the Addenbrooke’s site, almost doubling the size of the maternity hospital, which opened in 1983. As well as upgraded facilities, including a mother-and-baby imaging centre and up to 10 en suite birthing rooms, there will also be a garden for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

The cheque was presented by the race’s honorary president, Sir Michael Marshall, Charles Hewitson, senior partner at Hewtisons and organisers of the charity race, Colin Grant, editorial director of the News and the race's media partner and was received by Mary Archer, chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Trudy Harper, and community fundraising manager for Act.

Dr Archer, who ran in the race last September said she was “absolutely thrilled” to receive the cash.

Mrs Harper said: “This is a fantastic result for the Rosie campaign, which is continuing, and I would like to thank everyone involved in raising the money.”

Charles Hewitson, who also ran said “I’m delighted by the amount that has been raised by Chariots of Fire this year. Once again everyone, including local firms, public sector organisations and the Cambridge Colleges have fully embraced the event which is great, I'm already looking forward to this year’s race which will be our 21st anniversary.”

This year’s race will be held on Sunday 16th September with recent submissions from charities wishing to benefit being considered by the organisers soon. For more information please visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk or email admin@chariots-of-fire.com

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