On Sunday 23rd April eight Cambridgeshire villages witnessed an unforgettable event in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, raising a fantastic £9,511.95!
In a spectacular display, nearly 300 classic and vintage vehicles trundled through Cottenham, Rampton, Willingham, Over, Swavesey, Longstanton, Oakington and Histon in the Cottenham Yesteryear Road Run. Communities came together to support the event and generously donated via the collection buckets or by purchasing the refreshments on sale along the route as well as supporting the other attractions including a tombola and fun fair, back at Cottenham Green.
There were also three best-in-show trophies awarded at the end of the event. Winner of Best Motor-bike was Bob Plain for his 1947 AJS, Best Car was Pam Bradstreet for her 1961 Nash Metropolitan and the winner of Best Tractor was Mr. Wright for his 1972 Massey Ferguson 135.
The founder of the Cottenham Yesteryear Road Run, farmer Robert Smith, had the idea back in 1994, and it has always been organised in support of charitable causes, to date raising over £170,000. Sadly, Robert passed away just three weeks before this year’s event after a long illness. He would have been delighted with the astounding amount raised.
Via this this unique event the Yesteryear Committee has chosen to use the funds to furnish an entire Inpatient Unit bedroom at the Cambridge Hospice, with the excess earmarked for the purchase of Garden Furniture at the new site.
Lauren Maitland, Community Fundraiser for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said “The Cottenham Yesteryear Road Run was a booming success, not only for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, but also for everyone who got involved, came along and enjoyed the day. We were blessed with sunny weather which only helped to enhance the event, with 40 tractors, 75 motor bikes and 180 classic cars taking part. On top of this, we’ve been blown away by the kindness and generosity of everyone involved and we can’t thank the Committee enough for choosing to support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity for the first time this year.”
Road Run Organiser, Vivien Lampard, said:
“All this can only be achieved by the hard work of the Committee and the generosity of local businesses in the months before the event and on the day. The day itself would not happen without the participants and all the effort that goes into putting their vehicles on the road for the public to see. We also want to thank the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity for their help with publicity, and their volunteers who assisted with the bucket collection. It all added up to a great day with a substantial amount of money raised, which we hope will be used to purchase much needed equipment for the new Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom in Cambridge. We’d like to thank everyone for such great support, and we hope to see you on Sunday 22nd April next year!”