The hundreds of fundraisers who took part in the Relay for Life have raised £33,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Last month’s event at Eastbourne Sports Park saw volunteers form teams to spend 24 hours together around the track raising money to eradicate cancer.
Every team hosted on-site fundraisers, created campsites, and enjoyed each other’s company while helping to educating the community about cancer prevention.
There were two individuals, Hayley Hammond and Dan Bates, completed the whole 24 hours themselves to signify that cancer never sleeps
After opening the 24-hour walk in aid of the fight against cancer in 2015, Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell entered a group this year.
Her 24-strong team, which was made up of councillors, family and friends, took part in the annual relay which also celebrates those who have fought and beaten cancer and remembers those lost to the disease.
She said, “Last year, I was so moved by the sight of that first survivors lap’ that I pledged to come back, with a team, to raise funds and awareness to fight this terrible disease.
“So with my closest colleagues, friends, families and pets, we covered the 24-hour relay, met wonderful people and were part of something quite unique.”
At the weekend the fundraising total was announced.
Former MP Stephen Lloyd, president of the Relay for Life fundraising committee, celebrated the grand total with organisers at the weekend.
He said, “The weather just about held off today so the committee and supporters of this year’s Eastbourne Cancer Research 24 Relay were able to enjoy a lovely garden meal, celebrating the success of this year’s event.
“Under the outstanding leadership of Janet Geering we raised the grand total of £33,133.26 for Cancer Research. An absolutely astonishing amount of money.
“Well done Jan and all those who took part. Making a difference for good.
“And it really was a team effort which involved an awful lot of people. Thank you all.”
Organisers have confirmed the event will return in 2017.
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