Regional Fundraising Festival Is A Roaring Success

The fourth annual Cambridge Roar Festival ended on a high this year following its longest and busiest year to date. From June right through 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 has raised £30,000 across the three months for the three charities it supports, bringing the total raised since the Festival started in 2014 to almost £85,000.


The charities are delighted with the result from this year’s efforts.


Jo Dew, Director of Fundraising at East Anglian Air Ambulance, said; “We are so proud to have been a part of the Cambridge Roar this year, it really has been a fantastic festival of events. The community spirit and enthusiasm at each and every event was inspiring, and we are delighted that, alongside Arthur Rank Hospice and Cambridge United Community Trust, we were one of the chosen charities. The amount of money this series of events has raised is incredible and all the proceeds donated to EAAA will help us to continue saving lives across the region, so a huge thank you to everyone who got involved and took part”.


Dr Lynn Morgan, Chief Executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this wonderful donation from the Cambridge Roar, it will really benefit our patients and their families.  I have been really impressed by the quality of the events put on by the Roar, the range of different activities has been very exciting and the events themselves have been delivered professionally and with great attention to detail.


“As a hospice and a charity, we have to raise a huge amount of money every year, which is always difficult, being involved with the Roar raises our profile and enables people to support us whilst having tremendous fun themselves. I would urge anyone who hasn’t been to a Roar event to look out for them in the future, whether they go to a Business-to-Business event or a glamorous ball, people won’t be disappointed.”


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.”


The Cambridge Roar Festival culminated on Saturday 30 September during the Fire and Ice Ball at Quy Mill Hotel and Spa with more than 300 people in attendance.


Highlights this year 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 Fashion Show, with the infinitely talented Lydia Singer performing two songs from her new album ‘Just 15’; the White-Collar boxing, which saw a another sell-out rowdy crowd cheering on those family members or work colleagues who had agreed to get into the boxing ring; 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.


Commenting on the Fire and Ice Ball, Martin Millard, Director of Cheffins one of the Roar sponsors, said: “It was a glamorous finale to the Cambridge ROAR season, and the auction was well backed by the crowd.  Deep pockets and a well-stocked bar ensured that plenty of money was raised for the three incredibly worthy causes that were being supported.”


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.


Jessica Lister on Facebook said: “I attended the Corporate games on Saturday and what a day it was! Great day in the sun while raising money for the chosen charities. I would definitely recommend attending at least one event at the Cambridge Roar.”


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!”