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Cambridge United Community Trust receive £10,000 donation from Cambridge Roar Festival

Cambridge United Community Trust are delighted to receive a £10,000 donation from the recent Cambridge Roar Festival this year. The fourth annual Festival ended on a high following its longest and busiest year to date. From June to the end of September, more than 3,000 people attended the Festival’s series of 12 high-profile events. Even more remarkable, the Festival raised £30,000 across the three months for the three charities it supports, bringing the total raised since the Festival started in 2014 up to £85,000. The other two charities supported by Cambridge Roar are East Anglian Air Ambluance and Arthur Rank Hospice. This generous support allows the work that Cambridge United Community Trust do with individuals and community groups across Cambridge to further grow and develop.

CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, Ben Szreter said: “Thanks to the amazing efforts of the Cambridge Roar team we will be able to expand and increase our work to tackle inequality in Cambridge. The fundraising effort has been brilliant and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of.”

Highlights of this year’s Festival included the Sporting Heroes dinner with Olympian Goldie Sayers, stars from the motor racing world Mark Blundell and Steve Parrish, and football legend Roy McFarland. During the evening, Steve Parrish had the audience in stiches telling past tales of escapades with motorcycling superstar and best friend, Barry Sheene. Steve certainly proved that he could hold his own with comedians, Lou Sanders, Phil Wang, Alun Cochrane and Adam Hess, who also had the audience of more than 450 doubled up with laughter during the sell-out Comedy Night a week later.

For those who like their sporting heroes to be of the four-legged variety there was the Final Furlong dinner, with pioneering jockey and now trainer, Gay Kelleway, the only woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot; fellow trainers Gay Kelleway and George Scott; Director of Racing at Jockey Club Racecourses, Michael Prosser; legendary jump jockey Bob Champion, who had a film made about his life with Joh Hurt playing Bob; and former flat racing jockey Freddie Tylicki who, in 2016, was left paralysed in the lower half of his body after a horrific accident at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Further highlights included the White-Collar boxing, which saw a another sell-out rowdy crowd cheering on those the boxers which included Cambridge Uniteds Chief Operating Officer Henry Comfort; and all the glamour of the Champagne Dinner, Summer Ball, and the finale Fire and Ice Ball, which had BBC Look East presenter, Amanda Goodman and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter, Chris Mann hosting, ably assisted by Miss Cambridgeshire 2017.

The Roar aims to cater for everyone. As such, there was something for the corporate world with the Corporate Games and a packed B2B exhibition; a Wedding Fair teeming with all those blushing brides and gleaming grooms; and even a spot of Afternoon Tea.

Tony Murdock, Founder and Chairman of the Cambridge Roar Festival, is over the moon. He said: “This has been the best year yet! I think it is testament to the hard work the Roar team put in as well as the variety of events that attracts so many local people. We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended and dug deep for the three charities. It’s been a fantastic year with a whole host of amazing people helping us from the media and sporting worlds, to all the local businesses who sponsored the Roar. We offer them a massive thank you for their generosity. Here’s to Roar 2018!”

Festivals such as The Cambridge Roar allow Cambridge United Community Trust to expand their current programmes and have a positive impact on the local communities across Cambridge.

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The Cambridge Roar, the only Festival of its kind in the region, exists to support charities that help local people and to date has raised almost £60,000 excluding 2017 funds. The Festival offers a series of fun events, from comedy nights and corporate games to glitzy balls and fashion shows, all the while raising much-needed funds for the charities it supports. 100% of the profits from these events are split between the chosen charities. In addition to the fun community events, which are all held at Quy Mill Hotel and Spa, the Roar also creates opportunities for businesses to network, entertain clients and reward staff.

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