WALKERS taking part in Bladnoch Park’s 24-hour Relay for Life at the weekend raised a stagegring £55,000 towards Cancer Research UK.
Hundreds of people, forming 26 teams, took to the rugby field shortly after 11am on Saturday and walked through the night for the cause. Glorious sunshine helped them on their way and while some team members took their turn walking, others manned stalls selling baking, nail art, refreshments, face painting and plants, amongst others.
A fantastic display caused a stir as a Spitfire flew overhead and fancy dress, best bra, royal wedding and fancy dress laps provided entertainment through the weekend.
As 11pm neared and daylight faded, hundreds of participants and friends, families and visitors gathered on the track to remember those who have been lost to cancer. Decorated candle of hope bags were lit around the track - some in celebration of a loved one who had survived - and the congregation made their way around Bladnoch park for a poignant,
As the walk continued and the temperature dropped, with 2am came walkers in hats, gloves, blankets and wellies. The ground turned damp and the task became harder but on they walked until the sun came up and shorts and t-shirst were donned once again.
By 11am, a grand total of £55,073 was announced - with more expected over the coming the weeks - and the teams took a well-deserved rest to hear chairwoman Anne Barclay express her emotional thanks to all who donated and walked.
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