We’re hugely excited to announce that an amazing £138,000 was raised

Papworth Hospital, are welcoming in the New Year with another “first‟ after taking part in one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity events.

Having raised a record-breaking, £105,000 in the 2004 Chariots of Fire Race, the hospital have gone above and beyond all expectations, and with your help, has raised another record breaking amount.

The combined involvement of patients, supporters and colleagues has ensured the race, organised and managed by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, has been a huge success for the hospital.

All funds raised are supporting the hospital’s pioneering non-beating heart (DCD) transplant programme at Papworth Hospital which has led to over 40% more patients receiving a heart transplant at the hospital.

David Jenkins, Director of Surgery at Papworth Hospital, said:

The number of patients waiting for a heart transplant across the UK has trebled over the last decade, and with a worldwide shortage in organ donors, a third of these patients could die or deteriorate to a point where they’d have to be removed from the waiting list. The DCD programme is an extraordinary development, and it wouldn’t be possible without charitable donations.

On 18 September 2016, 380 teams of 6 each ran a 1.7 mile course in relay format, following a unique trail through Cambridge’s historic city centre, including privileged access to Trinity College, Clare College and King’s College and along the famous Backs.

Our sincere thanks goes to Hewitsons Charitable Trust for giving Papworth Hospital this incredible opportunity. 

Race Director, Charles Hewitson, from Hewitsons Charitable Trust who organised the event said:

As race director for Chariots of Fire I am delighted to witness this extraordinary achievement which has greatly exceeded the original, but no less ambitious, target of £120,000 set by Papworth Hospital Charity. The continued level of support extended to each charity by the Cambridge Community and the generosity provided by each of the Colleges and our event suppliers is further testament to the appeal of Chariots and I would like to thank every participant for this support.

Booking for this event has now closed.