On Sunday 17 September, two teams from Scientia will take part in the Chariots of Fire race – one of Cambridgeshire’s largest charity events. Established in 1992, it is the brainchild of Bill Matthews, Race Director for many years, who joined the committee of a local charity and was looking for fundraising ideas. Bill had recently watched the 1981 film of the same name which tells the story of Harold Abrahams, a Cambridge runner, and his bid to win a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics; it includes the iconic scene of the race around Trinity College Great Court. Bill was inspired to recreate the race for charity.
Since the event started in 1992, Chariots of Fire has raised over £1 million for local and regional charities, with an estimated 6,245 teams having taken part in the race, with approximately 37,470 individual runners pitting themselves against each other. We’re very proud to be joining that roster this year, with funds raised going to support the vital work done by Alzheimer’s Research UK – the UK’s leading dementia research charity, based in Cambridge.
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As a company, we believe deeply in supporting the numerous charitable initiatives which colleagues undertake. Over the past few years, we’ve sponsored the kit for a charity bike ride, paid out hundreds of pounds in entrance fees, and match-funded any charitable fundraising done under the auspices of Scientia, from office bake-sales to the charity quiz at our annual User Conference. We’re currently reviewing our Corporate Social Responsibility policy with a view to providing even better support for the causes we and our staff believe in. As a technology firm, where should we be looking to invest our help? We’re always open to ideas.