Cambridge Roar cheque receipients seen here at Quy Mill Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Cambridge Roar Announces 2018 Fundraising Total

Charity fundraisers The Cambridge Roar have raised a whopping £22,000 for local good causes this year.

It takes their overall total to an impressive £107,000 in just four years.  This year, the money will be split between four local beneficiaries:  East Anglian Air Ambulance, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Cambridge United Community Trust and Racing Welfare.

Cambridge Roar Chairman Tony Murdock commented: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from the local community and beyond – from the event goers and public, to the sponsors and local businesses. Everyone involved with the Roar is delighted with this result.”

Over 2,000 guests attended the eight events at the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa in 2018.  They ranged from a Football Heroes Dinner to an amateur boxing night, a Champagne Dinner, an evening for racing enthusiasts and a Grand Finale Ball themed on The Greatest Showman.  Daytime events included a Business to Business seminar and an afternoon tea.  Those taking part included ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes, Cambridge United legends John Taylor and Steve Claridge, top young racehorse trainer George Scott, TV pundit Derek Thompson, BBC Look East presenter Amanda Goodman and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Chris Mann.

Reacting to the total, Chris Mann, a Cambridge Roar non-executive director, said: “it’s been a brilliant effort and I would like to pay tribute to Tony and the team behind the scenes for their inspirational hard work.  The money raised will literally change lives and improve lives.  For me, it is a particular pleasure that this is about local people raising money for local charities.”

Local South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, who was a guest at the Finale Ball, made her own significant contribution in an impromptu gesture.  She and her husband Phil put up an auction prize – and it promptly raised £1,600.

Donna Talbot, Director of Fundraising and Communication at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “Through its diverse range of wonderful events, the Roar engages many people throughout the community. During this and previous years, it has remained clear that the people of Cambridgeshire have an appetite for well-managed events that provide opportunities for friends, families and business people to come together. Furthermore, it has been firmly focussed on raising money locally to benefit those within its community.

“As one of the benefitting charities, we are so grateful to Tony and we would like to thank the Roar team and everyone who has wholeheartedly supported the Roar. Much of our care is funded by charitable donations and the £6,500 received this year will be crucial in helping us to make every moment count for our patients who are living with life limiting and their families.”

Barbara McGee, Fundraising Manager at East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “The East Anglian Air Ambulance is extremely grateful to the support they have received from the Cambridge Roar over the last two years and for this year’s donation of £6,500. The hard work and effort put in from all the team at the Cambridge Roar is second-to-none and it’s only because of people like them and the people who attend the events that we can continue to provide the service we do in East Anglia. We wish the Roar team every success in their future fundraising and their commitment to help charities in their community.”

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, commented: “Cambridge Roar’s fantastic fundraising in 2018 will make a significant difference to what CUCT can achieve in our community again next year. The work of the Roar team is much appreciated, and not only do they raise a great amount of money for charity, but they also put on exhilarating events.”

Mark Loades, Head of Fundraising from Racing Welfare, also commented: “It’s been great fun to be involved in The Cambridge Roar for the first time this year and to receive this wonderful donation of £2,500 as a result. We would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of all the events and everyone who attended an event for their support, we really do appreciate it.”

Local companies supporting the Roar in 2018 included: Barons BMW Cambridge, Creative Minds, Moet & Chandon, Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Munro Group, Newmarket Race Course, Discover Newmarket, HNE Media, Breadcrumb Media, Carbon Orange, Coca Cola Europe, Bubble Video, and A8 Managed Technologies.

The Cambridge Roar, the only Festival of its kind in the region, raises money for local charities by staging a series of high-profile events, from glamourous dinners and glitzy balls to corporate games and boxing matches. 100% of the profits from these events are split between the chosen charities. Alongside providing a wide range of fun events for everyone to enjoy, the Roar also creates opportunities for businesses to network, entertain clients and reward staff.

In total there were eight Roar fundraising events in 2018. The events took place between May and September.