Go purple for a day in support of cancer campaign

Aylesbury Town Council presentation for Relay For Life, from left, Cllr Brian Adams, Laura Sinclair, Paula Kirby, Pauline Kirby, Cllrs Ranjula Takodra and Jenny Puddefoot, George Bowen, Rita Butcher, Janine Sinclair.
Aylesbury Town Council presentation for Relay For Life, from left, Cllr Brian Adams, Laura Sinclair, Paula Kirby, Pauline Kirby, Cllrs Ranjula Takodra and Jenny Puddefoot, George Bowen, Rita Butcher, Janine Sinclair.

Relay for Life supporters and fundraisers will be turning Aylesbury purple on Friday, June 24 when they wear purple clothes and wigs to school and work.

Everyone donning purple on Purple Friday pays for the privilege, with the money raised going to Cancer Research UK, through Relay for Life Aylesbury.

Purple is the colour chosen by Cancer Research UK to honour cancer survivors so wearing purple for the day helps raise money and awareness for the charity.

Relay for Life Aylesbury Committee Chair Paula Kirby said: “We introduced Purple Friday in 2015 and it was a massive success, raising around £8,000. Hundreds of children wore purple clothes to school, some baked purple cakes, and there were

sponsored races. Adults joined in the fun wearing purple at work, and it was a fun and easy way for people to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.”

The Relay for Life Aylesbury 2016 will take place for 24 hours from noon on July 2 at Aylesbury Rugby Club - with 24 teams registered to take part.

Paula said: “We’re still welcoming teams for Relay for Life Aylesbury on July 2 but Purple Friday is another way to get involved.”

Schools, companies and organisations signing up to take part in Purple Friday include Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Library, Chiltern Railways, Aylesbury High School, Cottesloe School, Thomas Hickman School, and Haddenham Community School. There will also be a collection in Aylesbury town centre.

Aylesbury Town Council is supporting the Relay for Life this year with a £2,000 grant to help fund the staging and logistics of the event which also offers a showcase to local entertainers.

The Relay for Life is a fun day out with Relayers donning fancy dress for many of the themed laps. There are stalls, music, food, a children’s entertainer and activities for kids and, as night falls, a moving Candle of Hope ceremony to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer, and to honour those who are surviving. Walkers then continue to lap the track throughout the night – many wearing onesies or pyjamas - and lit up in the ‘glow in the dark’ lap!

Paula added: “Relay honours those who have lost their lives to cancer, celebrates the lives of survivors, raises money to help fund ground-breaking research and, most importantly, is fun.”

In 2015 Relay for Life Aylesbury and Purple Friday raised £108,538.47 for Cancer Research UK.

To register visit www.relayforlifeaylesbury.org, email relaypaulak@hotmail.com or call 07910 100963.

For more information, and to sign up to support Purple Friday, contact rita-relay@hotmail.com