Fundraisers are called to Relay for Life meeting tonight

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A meeting to discuss the return of Eastbourne’s Relay For Life, in aid of Cancer Research UK, will take place tonight (Tuesday, April 19).

The 2016 event will take place at Eastbourne Sports Park on July 2 and 3.

Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser globally dedicated to raising money towards cancer research, and is licensed in more than 25 countries.

After a successful event last year, the family event returns to Eastbourne for the second time. It is a celebration for cancer survivors, who are treated as the guests of honour. This year, a high tea will be provided for survivors and they are welcome to bring a friend or carer. Cancer survivors can register for the event free of charge.

Janet Geering, event chair, said, “Local businesses continue to generously support this event, and we are extremely appreciative of their kind assistance. “I rang up a local skip company Haulaway, to ask if they would provide a free skip for the venue, and not only did they agree to do that, but they sent a cheque for £200 to help us reach our annual goal of £30,000.

“Eastbourne Sports Park are providing free meeting facilities. Beau-K has donated flowers and Camilleri Kitchen the cake for the survivors’ celebratory lunch.”

The Gym Eastbourne has also agreed to help. They carried out the warm up last year and have again donated one year’s annual membership to help boost sales of raffle tickets.

James Smith, general manager of The Gym Eastbourne, said, “We got involved as we believe in building a strong community feel and working together.

“We wanted to help raise awareness and support the brave people who have survived through this terrible disease. Having lost friends and family to cancer, I believe that we need to do what is necessary to help others survive.”

The event, which will include food, entertainment, games and activities for all ages, will take place from noon on July 2 to noon on July 3. It takes place over 24 hours to signify cancer does not sleep.

To register as a team or survivor or to help with supplying goods or services for the day call Janet on 07983 672332 or visit www.eastbournerelay.com for more information.

The committee is hosting a welcome meeting this evening (April 19) for anyone who wants to know more about what Relay For Life is about.

The meeting is informal, friendly and will provide people with information on where the money raised in Sussex is spent.

The meeting is starts at 7pm and is expected to close at 8.30pm. It will be held at the Saffrons, Compton Place Road, Eastbourne BN21 1EA.

Janet said, “We would love it if you could join us.”

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