A step back in time with a classic vehicle road run in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:53 08 June 2017

Cottenham yesteryear road race raises money for the Arthur Rank Hospice

Cottenham yesteryear road race raises money for the Arthur Rank Hospice

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The Cottenham yesteryear road run raised almost £10,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice charity.

Cottenham yesteryear road race raises money for the Arthur Rank HospiceCottenham yesteryear road race raises money for the Arthur Rank Hospice

In a spectacular display, nearly 300 classic and vintage vehicles trundled through eight villages and communities came together to support the event by donating via the collection buckets or buying refreshments along the route.

There was also a tombola and fun fair on Cottenham Green.

Best-in-show trophies went to a 1947 AJS motorbike, a 1961 Nash Metropolitan and a 1972 Massey Ferguson 135.

The event founder, farmer Robert Smith, had the idea in 1994 and since then has raised more than £170,000. Robert died three weeks before the 2017 event after a long illness but would have been delighted with the amount raised.

The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said the run was a “booming success”.

• The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire who are living with a life-limiting illness.

Care and services are provided free of charge to patients, to help them and their loved ones to make every moment count.

• The Hospice is best known for delivering vital care to over 1,000 patients each year through a specialist palliative inpatient unit, day therapy and hospice at home services.

• They also offer a specialist palliative care home team, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment centre in Wisbech, patient and family support (including counselling, bereavement and spiritual support), lymphoedema care, complementary therapy, transport services and small grants which collectively provide more than two thousand episodes of care to patients.

• To supplement the NHS contribution, the charity are required to raise £2.85 million annually to fund the additional services provided by the Hospice.

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