Yate's Relay for Life is back
YATE'S Relay for Life is set to return this month – in an altered format to fit in with coronavirus restrictions.
The 24-hour event, which usually takes place at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, is a major fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, raising more than £612,000 in 15 years to fund the charity's research, including almost £75,000 in 2019.
But like other fundraising events it was hit by last year's lockdown.
This year organisers are holding online events, including virtual relays, as well as an in-person and virtual candle of hope ceremony, to remember those affected by cancer, on July 31 at 9pm at YOSC.
There will also be a mini relay for schools, coffee mornings and collections.
People are being encouraged to set up teams and track themselves walking the around their local area, with themed laps to add variety.
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Cancer Research UK nationally, with a drop in income of £160 million in the last year – equivalent to what would be spent on 10 years of clinical trials.
Anyone who wants to get involved can find out more at the website yaterelayforlife.org.uk, at the event's Facebook page or via its Twitter account @yateRFL.
Picture: One of the 2019 Relay for Life teams, Girls Allowed, at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. Photo: Rich McD