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Chariots of Fire race achieves children’s ambulance halfway funding mark

23 September, 2019

The Chariots of Fire race, which took place on Sunday 22 September, saw over 2,100 runners congregate on Queen’s Green, Cambridge to run the 1.7 mile relay race.

ACT are delighted to have already raised over half of the money required to fund a new emergency children’s ambulance service, dedicated to providing over 1,700 of the region’s sickest children with the highest level of care.

Shelly Thake, CEO of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, said: “I want to personally thank everyone who participated and attended the wonderful Chariots of Fire event on Sunday. It was an incredible day showing what can be achieved when we all come together. Thanks to everyone’s support, we are now much closer to providing a dedicated Emergency Children’s Ambulance Service to ensure that sick children get to Addenbrooke’s as quickly as possible. Currently, a child needing a specialist ambulance must wait for one to arrive from London. The team then have to prepare the child before transferring them to another hospital and this wait can cause undue delay and distress. Having an ambulance based at Addenbrooke’s will greatly reduce the wait and transfer time, giving a child the best chance of survival.”

The charity is very grateful to more than 1,000 supporters that have donated to the appeal and funds are still coming in, but a final fundraising effort is still needed to make an emergency children’s ambulance a reality.

If you would like to help make transfers for children to the hospital safer and quicker, please donate here. Thank you. You can read more about the Emergency Children’s Ambulance here.

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