Sue’s Juggernauts are heading for the Relay for Life

June 21 2019
Sue’s Juggernauts are heading for the Relay for Life

A YATE woman who had breast cancer has brought together a team to take part in the town’s Relay for Life.

Sue Juggins, 52, has gathered 11 members of her family, friends and work colleagues to support her in the 24 hour relay event at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on July 6 and 7.

Sue decided to enter this year’s event with a team for the very first time after visiting it last year. She had breast cancer in 2015 and has family and friends who have been affected by the disease, and she wanted to do some fundraising.

Her team, the Juggernauts, has already raised more £2,000.

At Christmas they went busking at Tesco; they’ve run cake sales, a music and pudding evening, bucket collections at supermarkets and a quiz night.

Sue’s daughter Alice was just one member of the team who had her head shaved.

The event more than £500,000 for Cancer Research UK during its history and is returning for a 14th time. Last year’s event raised over £100,000.

The idea behind it is that one team member is on the outdoor track the whole time for 24 hours. Participants can challenge themselves to complete as many laps as possible. They are supported by dozens of other people at what is a huge community event.

There is overnight camping, a Candle of Hope ceremony, live music, food, drink and craft stalls. Visitors can turn up during the day.

Sue said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the relay weekend, having supported friends in other teams in the past and seen how much fun it looks.

Cancer survivors are invited as guests of honour and lead the first lap, which is a very emotional moment. Other parts of the weekend, such as the Candle of Hope ceremony, are very emotional and there is a great feeling of community spirit.”

To get involved in the event visit the Yate Relay for Life website.