Relay for Life this weekend promises fun with a message

Dumfries and Galloway Relay For Life takes place at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown this weekend and everyone is invited to go along and join in the fun and help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The Relay will begin at 11am and following the opening ceremony, the first lap of this fundraising event will be led by special guests of honour - cancer survivors and caregivers.

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.

Robert Sheilds and Michael Devereux, Samba Sisters and Zoe Bestel are just some of the performers providing entertainment not only for the teams taking part, but for the public who are warmly welcomed to come and enjoy on the day.

Everyone is welcome to go and enjoy the fundraising stalls and activities which will be run by the 23 participating teams throughout Saturday afternoon.

Fundraising activities include Santa’s Grotto, face painting, raffles, competitions, Play Your Cards Right, bouncy castle, bake sale, tombolas, a tea tent and much more for all the family. All monies raised will help support Cancer Research UK in the fight against cancer.

At 11pm as dusk falls the Candle of Hope Ceremony begins. Specially made Candle of Hope bags, decorated with touching messages – in memory 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.

Throughout the 24 hours there a number of themed laps for the teams to participate in, including in the final hours of Relay, a ‘dance-a-lap’, egg and spoon lap and the Relay pj’s and bed-hair lap which will keep the teams and supporting public entertained.

All of the entertainment acts have kindly agreed to perform, so go along and enjoy the entertainment for free and soak up the atmosphere.