Firms keep charity event running

PUBLISHED: 15:33 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

Runners set off for the Sawston Fun Run - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Runners set off for the Sawston Fun Run - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

COMMUNITY spirit and financial backing to the tune of £2000 means Sawston Fun Run will be raising as much money as ever for local charities. The Rotary Club of Sawston District had feared they would be forced to pay up to £3000 to hold this year s event o

COMMUNITY spirit and financial backing to the tune of £2000 means Sawston Fun Run will be raising as much money as ever for local charities.

The Rotary Club of Sawston District had feared they would be forced to pay up to £3000 to hold this year's event on April 29 after Cambridgeshire Police withdrew their traffic control support.

But four businesses have put their hands in their pockets to pay for a traffic management plan, which satisfies South Cambridgeshire District Council's safety guidelines.

Tony Collett, organising committee chairman, said he was delighted the event's main sponsors, Cambridgeshire Building Society, Spicers, Russell Residential and Vindis Sawston had supported it.

"We're absolutely thrilled and it proves yet again how much the local community supports the event and it shows how worthwhile the fun run is to continue doing," he said.

"Because of the extra expense we've had to fork out we had to go to local firms and we're delighted four came up trumps.

"The money from the four businesses, plus a little top up from the parish council, comes to the £2000 we needed and now we do not have to use money, which would've been going to charities."

Nottinghamshire-based company Traffic Management Services Limited will be making sure the event runs safely on the day, along with help from the Red Cross.

"We'll have the Red Cross there and there will be six radio contact points around the course to enable them to get to any problems," Mr Collett said.

"We're hoping to get more than 900 entrants and if we get the same level of support from runners as we've had from local businesses then the event will be another great success."

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We are in agreement with national guidelines, which say police resources should be used to deal with priority policing duties.

"The constabulary does not have the power to close roads except in the event of an emergency."

Last year's Sawston Fun Run raised £15000 for local charities, and the event has raised more than £270,000 since 1986.

The major beneficiaries of this year's race will be Addenbrooke's Hospital, Milton Children's Hospice, Meldreth Manor and Riding for the Disabled in Sawston.

To support the fun run, e-mail Tony Collett on tony.collett@ntlworld.com or telephone him on 01223 893447.

Race entry forms are available from www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk and from all branches of Cambridge Building Society and Sawston Village College.

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