'A great weekend': Organisers of Whitchurch Relay for Life urge people to support


Barrie White

WHITCHURCH will host its fifth Cancer Research UK “Relay for Life” this weekend, with organisers appealing for the town’s residents to come down and support survivors.

The weekend event, which will be at Alderford Lake from 11am on Saturday until 11am on Sunday, will join survivors and patients with their families and friends for a relay walk around the water.

Event chair Ruth Hislop – in her sixth year of organising a Relay event – believes a great weekend is in store for people.

And she says people can still join in the fun, whether in the relay or supporting in some other way over the two days.

“We’re really looking forward to a great weekend, with about 230 entrants and 16 teams,” said Ruth.

“People can still register for the Relay and I say to them not worry about not receiving a T-shirt as we are bringing some from previous years.

“People will bring some, so  newly-registered people will get a Cancer Research T-shirt to wear over the weekend.

“For survivors, we have got plenty of T-shirts, so they don’t need to worry about that. We’ll have a global survivor called Joe Sutcliffe who will give an inspirational speech.

“We have got a dog show among most of our brilliant entertainments, as well as mini-Robot Wars, where two of the original robots will be on display.

“You can still enter the Bake Off if you get your cake to the stall by 1pm on Saturday, where it will be judged by James Sherwin.

The theme of the Bake Off is “Summer”, and the winner will be announced at 3pm The cakes must be two tiers maximum and on a cake board no larger than 12 inches.

With all the fun that follows the hugely positive event, Ruth wants to remind people why they’re there at Alderford.

She added: “There will be plenty of entertainments, but we are there for three reasons.

“We want to come together and celebrate the hard work everyone does in raising money. 

“We also remember those who have passed away from cancer and that’s why we light a Candle of Hope Finally, we fight back as we hope the money we raise will go towards to a cure for all cancers.”

Entry is free but each team is asked to raise a minimum of £200 for Cancer Research UK. You can register at http://relay.cancer researchuk.org or call 0300 123 1026 by Friday 5pm.

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