This year’s Relay for Life Aylesbury was a fitting tribute to its founder, Paula Watson, who died earlier this year.
More than £80,000 has so far been raised for Cancer Research UK following the event which took place at Aylesbury Rugby Club over the weekend.
Twenty-eight teams took part around a marked course on the rugby club’s pitch in Weston Turville. Teams had to ensure at least one of their members were walking throughout the whole of the 24 hours.
This year’s event featured a folk themed lap where relayers dressed as fairies in memory of Mrs Watson, while others wore photos of her.
As well as the relay a five-a-side football tournament took place on Saturday in aid of CRUK, while other activities included live music plus stalls and entertainment.As darkness fell the moving Candle of Hope remembered those who had lost their lives to cancer, while also recognising those who are fighting the disease.Hundreds of decorated candle bags lit up the walking track throughout the night.Aylesbury MP David Lidington also visited during the relay to offer his support.
The grand total raised from the event will be announced at a Big Reveal held in September.
Paula Kirby, event chair of Relay for Life Aylesbury: “Relay 2015 surpassed all our expectations and I can’t thank the people of Aylesbury enough for turning out and supporting us. We had wonderful weather, amazing teams and dedicated friends and family who all helped us reach an amazing figure – one that will continue to grow.”