Registrations are being encouraged to sign up for the 7.5K Sawston Fun Run & Walk - the largest annual community-led event in the county. Proceeds will go towards the Rosie Hospital Campaign and thirteen other local charities. Plans are well advanced and registrations for the 15th May event are now welcomed to ensure another large turnout on the day and that entrants have sufficient time to obtain their own sponsors say the organisers, the Rotary Club of Sawston District.
Registration is available online at http://www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk/ or from entry forms available off the website or from branches of Cambridge Building Society and Sawston Village College. There ten categories by age and gender with entry fees of £4 for entrants in school years 1 to 11 and £8 for adults of 17+ years. These are higher on the day of entry.
Making life better for others
Over £336,000 has been donated to local organisations over the years and this year the aim is to attract over one thousand two hundred entrants to the event and even more spectators who will enjoy the attractions of this family fun morning based at Sawston Village College. A target of £17,000 has been set with proceeds going to the Rosie Hospital Campaign; the Cambridge Marie Cancer Care and MS branches; Riding for the Disabled; Fledglings, of Wendens Ambo as well as six Sawston based organisations and youth groups in Shelford, Stapleford, Whittlesford and Duxford.
Rosie Maternity Hospital and other major beneficiaries
After almost thirty years, demand for maternity care in Cambridge and the surrounding area has outgrown the capacity of the Rosie. So a new £30 million purpose-built, three-storey facility is planned; £7 million of which must be found from charitable sources The Fun Run will make a major donation to the ‘New Rosie Hospital Campaign’ fund. Other charities to benefit will be:
- Marie Curie Cancer Care - contribution to cancer care costs
- South Cambs Riding for Disabled, Sawston - for the hire of ponies for those who have disabilities
- MS Society, Cambridge Branch - to help pay for exercise classes
- Sawston Community Centre - assisting with the refurbishment
- Friday Night Club, Sawston - for special activity sessions for those with learning disabilities
- Sawston Toy Library - soft play equipment for pre-school children
- Sawston Scouts - a mess tent
- Sawston Guides - a patrol tent
- Sawston Cinema Club - for a video camera for the young members
- Shelford & Stapleford Youth Group - IT equipment for the youth group
- Cambridge Joint Playschemes - an Activity Day for young people with severe learning disabilities
- Fledglings, of Wendens Ambo - assisting the charity that helps children with disabilities
- Whittlesford & Duxford Scouts - for equipment for the Beavers
Sponsors and supporters make a significant contribution
Cambridge Building Society kindly continues to sponsor the event and is joined by Adams Harrison, solicitors; Budgens Sawston; Excell, Voice and Data Specialists; Jazzercise Sawston; Kall Kwik Cambridge; Morgan Sindall, Russells Estate Agents; Vindis Sawston and Sawston Parish Council. Other businesses and organisations assist by providing help on the day: Welch’s Transport, Lilley of Sawston, the local Fire Service, the Air and Army Cadets, Sawston Youth Group band, the Red Cross and RAYNET.
The Rotary Club is indebted to them, the advertisers and Sawston Village College whose help is vital to the success of the community event.
A message from Vic Starkey, President of the Rotary Club of Sawston District:
We’re hoping that more people than ever will enter, so beating last year’s record turnout and that entrants will get all their families and friends to sponsor them. We are just pleased we can play our part in the community by organising the event, as it generates much needed funds for local causes and creates a fun occasion that is clearly enjoyed by everyone. The support from the business community is vital to us in organising the event; we thank them and everyone else for their input. We wish everyone a good time on the 15th May.
Media companies help too
The media recognise just how popular the event is with the local community as it represents ‘community values’ often lost in today’s society. Three companies have agreed to promote the event: Cambridge Newspapers, Star Radio and Stagecoach Buses.
On the day support
An example of the willingness of the local business community to back the event is the supply of over 1,500 bottles of water by Iceni Water, the local natural mineral water sourced from deep beneath the South Cambridgeshire countryside and bottled at Duxford. Greens Health & Fitness, Cambridge also demonstrate their support by providing major prizes for adult winners and a complimentary day’s membership to all adults who complete the finish the 7.5k course.