Royal Papworth Hospital celebrates a fantastic feat this week, having broken the record of one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity events, Chariots of Fire, raising £138,030.22.

The giant cheque, in size and value, was presented to Royal Papworth Hospital on Wednesday 18 January and will support the hospital’s pioneering non-beating heart (DCD) transplant programme.

A programme launched in response to the worldwide shortage of donor hearts that has already led to nearly 40% more patients receiving a heart transplant at the hospital.

Stephen Posey, Chief Executive of Royal Papworth Hospital, said:

We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of all those involved in raising a huge amount of money to support a pioneering transplant programme at Royal Papworth Hospital, which will transform the lives of critically-ill patients in our care. On behalf of the Hospital, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who entered the race, donated, volunteered and of course to Hewitsons Charitable Trust; your generosity will make a huge difference to our patients not just here and now but in the future.

During the presentation, acknowledgment was also given to team 178 ‘The Newmans’ who alone contributed an impressive £13,850, exceeding all other sponsorship amounts raised by one team.

The combined involvement of patients, supporters and colleagues has ensured the huge success of the event, organised and managed by Hewitsons Charitable Trust.

Charles Hewitson, Race Director of Hewitsons Charitable Trust, said:

I am delighted to witness this extraordinary achievement which has greatly exceeded the original, but no less ambitious, target of £120,000 set by Royal 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.