Ian wants to give back

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The man in charge of next year’s Arbroath Relay for Life says he is honoured to lead the town’s major fund-raising event for Cancer Research UK.

Ian Angus has taken over the role from previous chair Alana Loudon after being on the organising committee for three years.

Ian has had personal experience of cancer having lost a cousin and two uncles to the disease.

And then three years ago, Ian’s wife, Helen, was diagnosed with breast cancer in what he described as a bolt from the blue.

His involvement in fund-raising for Cancer Research UK started around this time as a way of giving something back.

He said: “It was Alana who first persuaded me and asked me to join the committee and once I was involved there was no going back. It gets a hold of you because Relay for Life is such a fun and worthwhile event.

“So many families have been touched by cancer so it is great to see so many people from your own community supporting the event.”

And even though there is still under a year to go, Ian says people are already eager to sign up.

He added: “So many people left this year’s relay on a high, pledging to come back next year and we have around eight teams signed up already.”