PRESS RELEASE (immediate) 28/09/2015
Cancer Research UK, Eastbourne Relay For Life Committee and Team members celebrate raising £23,023.52.
Left to right, Rachel Brown, Local Fundraising Manager, CRUK, Janet Geering, Event Chair, Ali Putland Team Leader and winner of the Spirit of Relay Award and Stephen Lloyd, President of Cancer Research UK Eastbourne Committee
Event Chair, Janet Geering, said “the amazing amount was a tribute to the hard work of the teams, sponsors and supporters. Several events had taken place in Eastbourne in the twelve months leading up to the July this year. Activities organised by the teams included auctioning and raffling items, team quiz nights, selling cakes at work, tombola’s an selling merchandise at NatWest bank to dancing as Micky and Minnie Mouse for 6 hours on the Western Lawns”. The fun and hard work culminated on the 26 July with members of the teams taking it in turns to walk round a track for 24 hours to celebrate that cancer never sleeps.
Cancer Research UK Eastbourne Committee’s President and former MP Stephen Lloyd added: “This was a tremendously impressive amount of money to have been raised by all those taking part in the Eastbourne Relay Event. Cancer is a desperate disease and affects us all one way or other. I was touched by the passion of the Relay teams. Their determination and good humour throughout the 24hrs was inspiring. It’s a privilege for me to be their President. Roll on next year.”
Ali Putland Team Leader for All Nightie won the coveted “Spirit of Relay Award” for her determination in raising funds with her team to help beat cancer sooner. Ali said “I was humbled to be part of this fantastic event, the Candle Of Hope Ceremony was truly moving, but as well as giving us a moment to reflect on those we have lost we can celebrate the many survivors that were present”
Every year, around 8,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Sussex, and sadly every year, around half of those people die. That’s 4,500 lives that cancer takes every year in Sussex alone.
Last year, Cancer Research UK spent more than £1 million pounds on research in Brighton to help beat cancer sooner. Each area of their work is making a real difference. As a direct result of your support and our research, more people are beating cancer than ever before as survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. 82p in £1 is spent on their work.
Links to photos and videos of the event of for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.Eastbournerelay.com.
Registration opens in November this year and anyone interested can contact Janet on 07983 672332 for more information.