Chariots of Fire 2014 officially launches today, providing a perfect opportunity for local organisations, the college community and supporters to join together and raise money by running through the city’s streets and colleges on Sunday 21 September – all in the name of a local charity.
This year, all sponsorship monies raised by the participants will go to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, who plan to build and provide a new hospice for Cambridgeshire. The new hospice will increase capacity to care for more patients whilst continuing to be a Centre of Excellence in the provision of patient-led ‘specialist palliative care’.
The charity have set a fundraising target of £70k for this year’s Chariots of Fire race which will fund two four bed inpatient bays in the new hospice.
Dr Lynn Morgan, Chief Executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said: ‘2014 is an exciting year for the charity and Chariots of Fire. We are elated to be the recipients of the funds raised in a year which could also see Chariots of Fire smash through £1million fundraising milestone. Having embarked on our plans to build a new hospice, this is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get involved and support their only adult hospice whilst also taking part in a fantastic annual event. We’ll be entering a team and we are confident lots of our supporters will be up for the challenge too.’
Chariots of Fire is the region’s longest running fundraising event, and celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. It is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by leading regional law firm Hewitsons LLP, and is backed by the Cambridge News as media partner.
According to Race Director, Charles Hewitson, “We are delighted to be able to support Arthur Rank this year. Having visited the current hospice, it is clear that Cambridgeshire needs a hospice facility that is able to serve and provide for the ever increasing demands and requirements of specialist palliative care. The new hospice will supply accommodation for family members to stay at the hospice and be close to their loved ones during difficult times. It really is a very worthwhile local cause and one I am certain people will fully support.
“It’s great that Chariots of Fire is now established in the city’s event calendar. The success of Chariots is the result of the continuing support of those who participate. Every year I am hugely grateful to all our supporters. People enter teams, take time to train, raise sponsorship money and turn up on the Sunday morning and give their all aided by a wonderful corps of volunteers.”
The race takes place on Sunday 21 September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green. Teams of varying categories are made up of six runners, who run the course as a relay race. All teams are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship money as possible to support Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in building a new hospice.
To enter a team visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter or to find out more about the Arthur Rank Hospice plans visit www.arhc.org.uk/the-new-hospice.asp