Relay teams brave the weather to raise almost £50,000

Teams braved the weather and walked for 24 continuous hours to raise money for cancer research
Teams braved the weather and walked for 24 continuous hours to raise money for cancer research
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Aylesbury’s fourth Relay For Life was a huge success at the weekend raising £46,800 for cancer research.

The rules require one member from each team to be on track at all times for 24 hours – a feat all 21 teams managed, despite the weekend’s heavy downpours.

Relay for Life Mayor Ranjula Takodra joins the Survivors Team

Relay for Life Mayor Ranjula Takodra joins the Survivors Team

The relay took place on land next to the Chiltern View Nursery in Wendover Road.

During the evening candles lit the route – each one carrying a message to remember a loved one affected by the disease.

There was also live music, exercise sessions, a range of fancy dress themed laps and a large conga.

Bucks Herald reporter Andrew Kay was on hand from 10pm Saturday until 1am Sunday to serve teas, coffees and cakes to help keep the teams going throughout the night,

Co-organiser Paula Watson, 60, of Fairford Leys, said: “We were very pleased and we believe this year’s total will reach £50,000 because the money is still coming in.

“We had lots of new teams and their enthusiasm was just amazing and the fancy dress laps were all well supported.

“We had 320 registrations which is more than we have ever had before and the £46,800 was more than we have raised before.

“We also had an amazing number of local businesses who supported us with raffle prizes.

“I would also like to thank our compere Phil Gomm of Mayhem Productions. He was outstanding all weekend.

“Our survivors’ group, who did the opening lap, was the largest one we have ever had.

“There was about 30 cancer survivors and it means that all the money we have been donating over the years is giving us benefits.”

To date the event has raised in excess of £150,000.

For more details visit www.relayforlifeaylesbury.org

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