Relay For Life expected to break £80,000 target

Relay For Life
Relay For Life

The final amount raised from Relay For Life is expected to break the target of £80,000 as money is still coming in and the books will not be closed until the end of the month.

Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley lent his support at the soggy start to Relay For Life on Saturday.

The pop star called in near the beginning of the relay at Aylesbury Rugby Club to raise money for Cancer Research UK while it was still raining.

But in a 24 hour marathon, three hours of rain is of little consequence. And Hadley’s support was just what was needed to lift any dampened spirits.

Relay for Life Aylesbury founder Paula Watson said: “The relay honours those who have lost their lives to cancer, celebrates the lives of survivors, raised money for Cancer Research UK and, most importantly, is fun!”

Almost 600 relayers, in 32 often very amusingly clad teams, undertook the challegne which started at 12 noon on Saturday and went on through the night until 12 noon on Sunday.

The sun eventually broke through the clouds and the remainder of the relay was carried out in dry conditions.

Stalls, music, food, a funfair and inflatables were all part of the fun. And as night fell a moving Candle of Hope ceremony was held to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer, or who are surviving.

> Pick up a copy of today’s Bucks Herald newspaper for a full-page picture special from the Relay.