No rest for Relay for Life

Participants finishing this year's Relay for Life are already signing up for next year's event.
Participants finishing this year's Relay for Life are already signing up for next year's event.

The money may still be coming in for this year but the Arbroath Relay for Life committee is already turning their attentions to next year.

Already several teams have signed up for the 2014 event and this week the committee held their first meeting to tie up any loose ends from last month’s Relay and plan for the next.

Already £30,000 has been raised this year for Cancer Research UK, with money still pouring in but organisers are hoping that figure will be even bigger next year.

And although the committee chair, Alana Loudon, is taking a back seat to concentrate her efforts on fund-raising for Cancer Research UK through the Angus local committee, she is confident that next year’s Relay is in safe hands and is already off to a flying start.

She said speaking on behalf of the committee: “Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone who took part in Relay for Life over the course of the weekend.

“Grateful thanks also go to the local community for their tremendous support.

“All of the money raised, goes to Cancer Research UK, the only UK registered charity to fund research into every form of cancer and it was great to welcome along officials and scientists from Cancer Research.

“Their support means a lot to all of us.

“We all went home tired but filled with a tremendous sense of the community spirit that makes this such an uplifting event.

“There are a good number of teams who have already stated their intention to take part next year and are already discussing fresh challenges and ideas for fund-raising events.”

Taking over the chair position of the organising committee is Ian Angus, who has been on the committee for many years.

And even though they have enjoyed a well earned rest since the 24 hour event, they say work has to start straight away on the 2014 Relay as cancer never sleeps.

The next major event for the local Angus committee of the charity is the New Year’s Day Dook, which will be entering its fourth year.

The event sees participants welcome in the new year will a dip in the water near to the harbour.

Preparations for the event are already taking place before people can register.

Over 70 people took part in the 2013 event.