Survivors are invited to join in some relay good fun this July

Men, women and children whose lives have been touched by cancer are being invited to play a key role in Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown.

The family event, which unites communities to help beat over 200 types of cancer, will take place over the weekend of 4th and 5th July and organisers would like to invite cancer survivors and carers to join in.

The charity is calling on people who have survived the disease, others who are currently undergoing treatment, and those who have supported someone through their cancer journey to join the emotional and inspirational ‘Lap of Honour’ which marks the start of the 24-hour fundraiser.

After taking to the track, all survivors and their carers are invited to relax, meet others and enjoy light refreshments in our dedicated survivors’ marquee.

Cancer survivors will join the 22 teams who have already registered to take part in Relay. Teams are made up of between eight and 15 people who will take it in turns to walk around the specially designed track over the 24 hour period.

The track is decorated and trackside entertainment is provided throughout the event for everyone to enjoy. Team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in tents, which are set up close by.

Teams have been raising as much money as possible in the lead up to the overnight celebration, through a wide range of activities from race nights to car washes, bingo to quizzes, and securing donations from friends, family and work colleagues.

A wide range of fun activities including cake stalls, tombolas and face painting are also open to the whole community and everyone is invited to come along to Bladnoch Park on the day and help raise further funds for Cancer Research UK.

Anne Barclay, volunteer Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Relay For Life in said: “The Survivors’ Lap of Honour is a crucial part of Relay For Life. It is a moving start to the weekend’s festivities as people of all ages, wearing special T-shirts bearing the word ‘Survivor’, step on to the track cheered on by all present.

“The Survivor’s Lap allows us to honour everyone who has experienced cancer and celebrate the strides that are being made to beat the disease.”

As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. The event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags decorated with touching messages – in memory or in celebration of loved ones - are lit up with candles around the track.

If you would like more information about Relay For Life or would like to participate as a team, a Survivor, carer or volunteer please contact Anne Barclay, event chair by calling her on 07834693420 or email relayforlifewigtown@gmail.com