Presentation Evening 2016

Local charities and organisations are receiving £13,275 from the event held on 15th May. This will take the cumulative amount donated to local Cambridgeshire good causes, since the event was first held, to over £424,000.

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The Sawston Steel Pan Band greeted over eighty guests to a celebratory evening held at Sawston Village College when Peter White, President of the local Rotary club, welcomed charities and guests. 

Peter White said ‘The Rotary club was delighted it could organise the event as the community clearly enjoyed the chance to come together annually and it gave the Rotary Club an opportunity to help local charities and organisations. That such a large amount of money has been raised over the years is evidence of the attraction of the event and we are just pleased we can play our part in making it happen’. 

The event’s sponsor The Cambridge Building Society was thanked as well as: Adams Harrison; Carter Jonas Bradshaws; Budgens Sawston; Gibbs Denley Insurance Financial Services; McDonalds, Morgan Sindall; Scotsdales; the Ridgeons Group, Vindis Sawston and the Sawston Parish Council who all provided sponsor support. Thanks were also given to the advertisers, and support organisations that included KallKwik Printing, Tesco Stores, Welch’s Transport, Star Radio, Stagecoach buses, the Army and Air Cadets, Sawston Scouts, Sawston Youth Group, Sawston Boys and Girls Brigade, the Fire Service, local retailers and the marshals who helped on the day.

Ian Chamberlain, chairman of the organising committee, thanked the Sawston Village College students for manning the PA system and for making a memorable film of the event. 

In appreciation of their support he presented gift vouchers to all the students involved. 

Andy Lucas, Chief Operating Officer of The Cambridge Building Society, expressed the society’s pleasure at being the event sponsor and said ‘Having supported the event since it started It reflects the building society’s commitment to the local community throughout its branch network and was pleased that many branch staff were so supportive by providing many hours of community support., especially on the day of the event.’ 

The annual shields to those individuals who raised the most sponsorship funding were awarded to Philippa Priddle, Sasha Harrison and Harry Thomas. 

Cheques were presented to the following: 

Teenage Cancer Trust


Cambridge Cancer Help Centre


Stapleford Primary School


Centre 33


Bellbird Primary School


Ladybird Playgroup, Thriplow


Whittlesford Out-of-school club


Granta School


Sawston VC


Rotary Club


Max's Mission


Sawston ATC


Sawston Boys & Girls Brigade


On receiving a cheque for £7,000 Helen Bearfield-Swift, Regional Fundraising Manager, East Anglia & East Midlands said ‘The Sawston Fun Run is one of the jewels in the Cambridge community crown and the local Teenage Cancer Trust team were proud to be a part of it. The donation to our charity will help support the hundreds of young people with cancer treated at our unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital this year. The work of our Youth Support Coordinator, Amy, helps to make a young person’s time in hospital more bearable during long periods of intense treatment. These vital funds will help Amy with activities to encourage patients to socialise and remain active and connect with others’.

Following the presentation of cheques Sawston Youth Drama [SYD] continued the celebratory mood by singing songs from their repertoire to be heard at the forthcoming Shelford Feast programme; it was a fitting finale to the evening of celebration 

The 2017 event will be held on 14th May.