Join in the fun at Relay For Life

Dumfries and Galloway Relay For Life takes place at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown, this weekend.

Everyone is invited to go along and join in the fun and help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

The entertainment programme has just been announced for the 24-hour event from July 6-7, and includes a range exciting acts.

Be a part of the “Wobble” warm-up, before the relay kicks off at 11am on Saturday. Following the opening ceremony, the first lap of this fundraising event will be led by our special guests of honour: cancer survivors and carers.

Throughout Saturday a range of acts will be performing live on stage, alongside the relay track, while team members take it in turns to walk round the track over the 24 hours. The Mermaids, Creetown Silver Band, Tom Dingwall, The Gladiators, Zoë Bestel, Nicola Black, Dan Heaney, Hope London, Novantae and The Cochranes are all taking to the stage to entertain the teams taking part and the public.

Teams have also organised their own fundraising stalls and activities which will run on Saturday afternoon. Fundraising activities include pony rides, face-painting, raffles, bake sales, stocks, kids crafts, storytelling, fun fair games and tombolas.

At 11pm, as night falls, the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. Specially made Candle of Hope bags, decorated with touching messages – in memory, in hope or in celebration of loved ones – are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track and glow long into the evening.

Candles are placed to spell out the word “Hope” and symbolise the heart-felt emotion of everyone who takes part in Relay For Life and supports Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

To help participants feel energised and prepared for the final hours, a dance-a-thon will take place bright and early on Sunday morning. This will be followed by a performance from the Emma Louise Dance Club before the closing ceremony at 11am when everyone is invited to walk the final lap. All of the entertainment acts have agreed to perform, and the teams have been busily preparing their fabulous fundraising fair so go along, enjoy the entertainment and soak up the atmosphere of this unique event. Entry is free.

Cancer survivors and carers are welcome to be a part of relay this weekend, and can still register on the day. It’s also not too late for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer to dedicate a Candle of Hope bag as part of this special event. The Candle of Hope bags are a poignant part of Relay For Life and help to remind everyone of why it is vital that as much money as possible is raised in the fight against cancer. For candle bags, contact Nadine McGaw on 07799303411 or come along to the Candle of Hope tent on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone who cannot attend in person but still wants to dedicate a candle and make a donation can do so via the website at www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay. And if you can’t make it over the weekend but would like to be part of what’s going on, tune in to our live online radio broadcasts www.spreaker.com/show/relay_radio.