A dozen dedicated fundraisers are lacing up their running shoes for charity. Colleagues from technology firm Paragraf are taking part in Sunday’s Cambridge Half Marathon for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
It is the second year in a row Paragraf has supported the charity, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and they hope to at least match last year’s fundraising total of £1,000.
“Last year we had a team of nine,” said running team leader Mike Ellis.
“We’ve increased this to 12 for 2023. Some of those are returners and we’ve also been able to add several new recruits.
“There’s an eclectic mix of ages and varying levels of experience, with veterans of previous Cambridge Half Marathons joining runners who are doing the race for the first time. One person will be taking part in their very first half marathon.
“We’re all looking forward to running, or plodding, the streets of Cambridge, around the colleges and surrounding villages on what will hopefully be a sunny March morning.”
In addition to their efforts at last year’s Cambridge Half Marathon, employees of Paragraf had the chance to buy EACH Christmas cards. Staff also collected bags of donations for the charity to sell in its shops.
“We support EACH because it offers terrific support to children and families when they really need it,” added Mike.
“It’s great to support such a proactive local charity and we encourage everyone watching the race and if they see a Paragraf/EACH white vest to give the wearer a cheer.”
Cambridgeshire-based Paragraf was the first company in the world to mass produce graphene-based electronic devices using standard semiconductor processes.
EACH Corporate Fundraiser Hannah Forbester said: “We’re thrilled to count on the support of our friends of Paragraf. We wish them the very best for their fundraising and will be rooting for them every step of the way on Sunday.”
To sponsor the Paragraf team, head here.