Counting down to Relay for Life

WITH only six weeks to go, the Arbroath Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK is still looking for teams.

Organisers are urging everyone in the area to find at least eight people they want to spend the night with, but all for a good cause.

The charity is encouraging friends, family and work colleagues to get together and enter Relay For Life, a unique celebration of life and hope which unites communities to help beat cancer.

Teams of between eight to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks of life are needed to take part at Arbroath Cricket Club over the weekend of Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, September 23.

And the organising committee are eager for men, as well as women to take part with male captains particularly sought after.

During the Relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer.

As Relay For Life is non-stop through the night, those team members not on the circuit can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by.

When dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins.

The event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags - decorated with touching messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones - are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the ground.​

To keep the participants spirit’s high, several bands have been booked to perform and there will be a zumba demonstration.

Fancy-dress is also a big part of the day, with this year’s theme being ‘Best of British’.

A spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said: “More than one in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives.

“Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belief that it can make a difference and help beat cancer.

“Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s work, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.

“But despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK. Cancer Research UK wants to change that and needs your help to save many more lives.”

“Cancer Research UK funds the work of thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to beating cancer.”

For further information contact Alana Loudon on 07881 940418.