A heartfelt appreciation goes out to our amazing sponsors, enthusiastic participants, and dedicated volunteers who made the 37th year of dynamic fundraising an absolute triumph. We’re thrilled to announce that 2023 saw an unprecedented number of participants, with a staggering 1,335 entrants joining the festivities. Our incredible community rallied together, generously contributing over £14,000, pushing our overall fundraising total to an impressive £520,852. With immense pride, we lent our support to two incredible causes, the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre, serving as our main beneficiaries for 2023.Since 1986, The Sawston Fun Run and Walk has consistently been the crown jewel of our village, uniting families for a day filled with laughter, joy, and entertainment. This annual extravaganza not only brings our community together but also serves as a powerful force for good. With proceeds donated to local charities and organisations, we’re not just breaking records; we’re making a lasting impact in the most delightful way possible.
Unlock the excitement with entry fees priced at just £15 per adult and £6 per child.
In 2001 the charity known as ‘Opportunities Without Limits (OWL) formed a partnership with Sawston Free Church to create a visionary community facility. £500k was fundraised to build a community café that was also a training centre for people with learning difficulties.
The reality of that vision is the Footprints Café which, in various forms, has served the community for over 20 years. Footprints is a ‘not for profit’ company; it is also an accredited provider of services for people with learning difficulties.
Footprints is unique in that it offers a real-life training experience for its students. They learn many transferable skills such as food hygiene, health and safety in the kitchen, following recipes and, most significantly, social interaction with the general public.
Indeed, it is the high profile that Footprints gives to its trainees that has helped to reshape the perception of ‘disability’ in the local community.
Footprints is also a warm and welcoming hub where groups gather and rearrange the tables for their weekly knitting or craft activities; it is their space. Many elderly people use Footprints for their daily hot meal and for the companionship that they find there. Indeed, during last Winter it was the designated ‘warm hub’ for Sawston. The local care homes frequently bring groups of residents appreciative of its wheelchair-friendly facilities.
The generous donation by the 2024 Fun Run will enable the much needed replacement of a 20 year old double freezer unit.
Pippins Preschool are delighted to have been selected as a beneficiary of the 2024 Sawston Fun Run event.
We are proud of our long association with the Fun Run, and have supported the annual flagship event in a variety of ways over the years. As families who are new to Pippins are also often new to Sawston, we explain that the Fun Run is a village institution and how the event affects the village that day; we make sure families feel welcome to join in. We often have a stall on the day – and, of course, team Pippins always run and walk the event!
Pippins Preschool have been running for over 20 years; first in Pampisford, now in Sawston next to Icknield Primary School. Many of our staff have decades of experience in schools and Early Years settings. We accept children from age 2 years 6 months until they start primary school. We provide children with a well-rounded, nurturing preschool experience, supporting their learning and development. We want every child to feel secure, cared for, and happy. There’s a reason we’ve been called a “hidden treasure in Sawston” by our former parents!
This year, the money received will be used to buy two gazebos, for use in our front and back gardens during the summer months – they should be especially useful during future heatwaves. We’ll be asking our families to request that 50% of their sponsorship money be donated to Pippins – and, of course, we’d be really grateful if you could choose us too! Any of the 2024 beneficiary organisations would no doubt appreciate your donation: the Sawston Fun Run and Walk is such a big part of what makes our village special.
The Fun Run would not be able to exist without the generous support provided by many local businesses. You can help us in many ways, whether it’s by providing personnel and equipment on the day, having a stall at the event, or by advertising the Sawston Fun Run on your own website and social media platforms.
We have a range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities costing up to £500. Many of these packages give you access to the extensive online and paper based marketing materials we use to promote the Fun Run to the population of Sawston and the surrounding areas.
Our marketing partner, Red Graphic coordinates these packages and ensures that your brand will receive considerable exposure in return for your kind support.
Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.4 million members in over 200 countries. The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston has close affiliation with the Sawston Fun run, and uses its time, talents, professional skills and energy to improve the lives of people in our local community.
As a member of The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston, you can enjoy the benefits of business networking, personal development, meeting new friends, hearing inspiring speakers, having a great deal of fun and experiencing that special sense of fulfilment that comes from achieving something really worthwhile.