Candles of hope to shine in loving tribute at Yate Relay for Life

June 10 2015

A MARATHON walking relay in Yate is set to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

A MARATHON walking relay in Yate is set to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.
Relay for Life will also give those affected by cancer the chance to light a candle in memory of friends and relatives who have died of the disease.
Yate has been involved in the 24-hour fund raising event since 2006 and so far has collected more than £250,000.
Last year’s event alone brought in more than £37,000 and organisers hope to do even better when the 2015 relay takes place at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5.
Teams of walkers of all ages and level of fitness can get involved, with groups of up to 15 people able to sign up for the challenge.
Participants are asked to raise as much money as possible ahead of the relay by organising events such as quiz nights and supermarket bag-packing sessions, as well as getting donations and sponsorship.
At the relay, team members will take it in turns to walk around the athletics track while a programme of activities keeps others entertained when they are not resting, eating or sleeping in tents.
The event is due to start at noon on the Saturday and as dusk falls that evening, a Candle of Hope ceremony will see candles placed around the track with messages remembering people who have died of cancer.
Helene Craddock, chairwoman of the organising committee, said: “Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. Taking part in Yate Relay for Life is a positive way to be part of the local community and help make a real difference in the fight against the disease.
“The Candle of Hope ceremony is incredibly moving and highlights the real reason everyone joins together for the event.”
Helene is a cancer survivor and said she would light a candle to remember her grandmother, who died of the condition.
Similar relays are held in 20 countries, with the original established in the USA to support American cancer research.
In Britain, work funded by Cancer Research UK has helped survival rates double in the past 40 years.
More details about the Yate relay are available on the website yaterelayforlife.org.uk