After a gap of seven years, Relay for Life made a triumphant return to Eastbourne last weekend (July 25/26), raising more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Seventeen teams took part in the event, which saw team members take it in turns to relay around a track over 24 hours.
The event featured many themed laps and although the weather was not kind on Sunday, this did not deter the hardy teams who finished the event with a spirited Conga lap.
As well as the relay, other attractions on the day included live music, stalls and entertainment.
As darkness fell the moving Candle of Hope remembered those who had lost their lives to cancer, while also recognising those who are fighting and the many people who have survived the disease.
Hundreds of decorated candle bags lit up the walking track throughout the night and formed the shape of a heart and the word HOPE.
Janet Geering, event chair, said, “Relay 2015 surpassed all our expectations and I can’t thank the people of Eastbourne enough for turning out and supporting us.
“We had amazing teams, dedicated friends and family who all helped us raise over £20,000, a figure that will continue to grow.”
The event was supported by local businesses, singers and bands and organisers thanked Eastbourne Borough Football Club, which donated the use of its facilities and grounds for the event.
The final total raised from the event will be announced at a Big Reveal in September.
Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, who opened the event, confirmed she will be entering a team next year to show her support.
Relay For Life is the largest fund raiser for Cancer Research in the world, but is not as well known in the UK.
Every year, around 8,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Sussex, and sadly every year, around half of those people die.
Last year Cancer Research UK spent more than £1million on research in Brighton to help beat cancer.
As a result of research, more people are beating cancer than ever before and survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years.
Cancer Research UK is dedicated to saving lives by preventing, controlling and curing all cancers.
To find out more about Eastbourne Relay for Life, visit the website at www.eastbournerelay.com.
To register an interest in next year’s event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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