Chloe and her Miles Of Coins!



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Relay For Life Eastbourne, Committee Member, Chloe Markwick pictured with Justin Wilks Manager of Natwest Eastbourne. Paying in the thousands of coins generated to our Mile of Coins challenge.

Chloe Markwick has been a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK for many years, and is dedicated in helping to raise funds to stamp out this disease. On 17th June, at All Saints Church, members of the public and teams from Relay For Life Eastbourne came together for 9 hours to lay out donated coins in her “mile of coins” challenge.

Throughout the year, people have put aside their bronze and bought them to the church to be counted. Change, no matter how small, changes life. A remarkable total of £844.13 was raised.

This is the 4th time Chloe has hosted this event and has raised just under £4,000

Chloe came up with the idea for a mile of coins after family members were affected and she wanted to do something tangible. Her uncle who passed away from this disease. He used to save coppers in a jar and it gave Chloe the idea. These coins were laid down first at the first Mile of Coins challenge.

Chloe will be doing this event again next year, so please start saving. You won’t notice it but it will make such a difference.

Chloe is now a committee member and team member for Eastbourne Relay For Life (an event licensed to Cancer Research UK) and is continuing her fundraising with other events, i.e. coffee mornings, quizzes. So far this year her team Purple Thunder Ducks have raised just over £3,000.

Chloe is encouraging people to come along to the Fun Day being held at Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, BN21 2UF on 1 July at 12 noon. The highlights of this day include cancer survivors doing a first lap of honour, for children, lots of soft play and little kickers football, plus Princess Moana will be singing from 2.10 and will then be available for autographs. For the adults the number one Adele show is on at 4.00 p.m. and we have some fantastic acts lined up.  The most moving time of the whole event is the Candle of Hope Ceremony, at dusk where bags have been decorated and dedicated to those who are no longer with us. They are lit with candles and set round the track and dedicated to those who have fought this disease and people currently going through treatment. It is very moving an a reminder why we fundraise.

Janet Geering Voluntary Event Chair said “We are really proud to have Chloe on our committee, her enthusiasm and drive shines through. Survival rates for cancer have increased dramatically. We aim to help Cancer Research UK enable more people to survive. We all have that common goal.

For more details visit , email or phone Janet Geering on 07983 672332.

Relay is run soley by volunteers, including all performers and beauty/massage therapists. Make Eastbourne special.


Total Raised in 2015!

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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 or

Registration opens in November this year and anyone interested can contact Janet on 07983 672332 for more information.




Starbucks Raises a £1000!

Date: 13/04/2017


Starbucks in Terminus Road, offered to host Cancer UK’s Annual Coffee Morning (held on 6 April), and carried out further fundraising events to support the local Relay For Life event (Cancer Research UK).

Janet Geering, Event Chair (Voluntary) said “Right now, Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer research charity dedicated to beating all types of cancer, including the ones that matter to you. Today, more than 850 people will be diagnosed with cancer. The support of local businesses and residents in Eastbourne has enabled important fundraising to continue and the chances of survival have doubled in the last 40 years. CRUK spends over £1.2 million locally in East Sussex through their scientists work at Brighton University. Relay For Life is a local community that has raised over £70,000 in the last 2.5 years and I am very proud of our teams, supporters and local businesses that have enabled this to happen.”

Chris Smith Store Manager said “I am delighted to help this cause. Most people have been effected by cancer in some way and Starbucks works with the local community to make a difference. The coffee morning was well supported and had a great atmosphere. From the sale of unity bands and a previous coffee morning we raised £1,355.54. An amazing sum and we wish Relay For Life Eastbourne continued success with their fundraising.

Relay For Life, Eastbourne

Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser for Cancer Research globally. This year’s Event will take place on 1st and 2nd July at Eastbourne Sports Park. The 24-hour event is a celebration of the years fundraising and is a mini Music Fest with tams taking it in terms to walk round a track for 24 hours. Survivors of cancer are welcome to a high tea, which has proven to be very popular. They are able to bring a guest.

Craig Geering (Team Chair) said “we encourage people to come along and find out more about how they can become involved. There are lots of activities, entertainment for visitors and teams take part in themed laps. Come and enjoy yourselves and help raise money for this worthy cause.

Relay For Life holding a meeting Friday 28th April at the venue (Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way) from 19:00 – 20:00 for existing teams, and anyone who is interested. Refreshments will be available.

To learn more visit, or call us on 07983 672332

Eastbourne Family Raised Over £10,000!



The Mighty All Nightie have done it again! An Eastbourne Team of family and friends taking part in this year’s Relay For Life Eastbourne have raised over £10,000 in the last 18 months for Cancer Research UK.

The Putland Family, from Left to Right Jake (3 ) Ali, Holly (10) Toby and Oscar aged 5

Last year saw the triumphant return of Relay For Life Eastbourne (a licensed event by Cancer Research UK) the largest fundraiser in the world for Cancer Research and the only one of its type in Sussex.

Ali Putland’s was the team leader for All Nightie and that team raised an incredible £5,334.98. Ali’s daughter, Holly from West Rise Junior School won a junior Community Champions Award for her fundraising.

Ali, again registered All Nightie in the 2015/16 event and to date that team have raised £4,901 and there is still a lot of fundraising to go.

The Event Chair, Janet Geering, said “10 Teams have registered so far this year, and it is heart-warming to hear stories like this. All funds received, however small are appreciated. People can be sponsored to give up something for a month, do a cake sale at work, car boot sales, bingo or quizzes. We have some fantastic teams working towards our joint goal, and we look forward to another amazing year.

Preparations are in progress for this year’s event that takes place on 2/3 July at Eastbourne Sports Centre, Cross Levels Way.

The charity is encouraging friends, family and work colleagues to get together and

enter Eastbourne Relay For Life, a unique celebration of life and hope which unites communities to help beat over 200 types of cancer.

Teams of between 8 to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks

of life are needed to take part. If participants don’t want to set up their own teams they can join a team specially formed “United Together”, so they can share the walking with others.

During the Relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while

everyone else enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer. As Relay For Life is nonstop through the night, those team members not on the track can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by.

There is a huge range of entertainment on the day, covering activities for children, families and adults, fitness, relaxation and fun. A wide section of the community are offering their services free of charge. Donations will be requested to raise funds to find a cure.

As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. The

event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of

Hope bags – decorated with touching messages in memory or in celebration of loved

ones – are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the Track.

To find out more or to register a team, contact Janet Geering (Event Chair) on 07983 672332 or send a message via our website Follow our Facebook page or on twitter.





Sussex Community To Unite To Fight Cancer





The largest fundraiser for Cancer Research in the world is to be held in Eastbourne at Langney Sports Club on 25/26 July 2015. The 24 hour event is being opened by Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon at 12 noon. Survivors and Carers will then take part in a lap of honour and be treated to a celebration lunch. Survivors can register free of charge and bring a guest

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 £1million on research in Brighton to help beat cancer sooner.

There has been exciting developments over the last few weeks with immunotherapy drugs showing continued promise. Immunotherapy could even one day replace chemotherapy as the primary treatment for cancer, according to Professor Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Centre in the US. By collaborating with other countries around the world we will beat cancer sooner.

Why is Relay For Life so Special? Because Relay events are run by volunteers in the local community, each one is unique and really represents what the local community is about. But most importantly it’s about that community uniting to help BEAT CANCER by raising funds year round so that when Relay happens the event itself is actually a CELEBRATION of the communities hard work. There is a full programme of events for the days with lots for children and adults to do.

Janet and her team will be at NatWest Bank in Eastbourne town centre on Friday 4 July to answer any questions that you may have and would encourage you to visit them. There will be an opportunity to decorate a candle bag in memory of a love won or to celebrate their survival.

Further information can be found at or from Janet, e-mail or phone 07983 672332.

Seven Years Later

After a gap of seven years, Relay for Life made a triumphant return to Eastbourne last weekend (July 25/26), raising more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.

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Seventeen teams took part in the event, which saw team members take it in turns to relay around a track over 24 hours.

The event featured many themed laps and although the weather was not kind on Sunday, this did not deter the hardy teams who finished the event with a spirited Conga lap. As well as the relay, other attractions on the day included live music, 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 and the many people who have survived the disease. Hundreds of decorated candle bags lit up the walking track throughout the night and formed the shape of a heart and the word HOPE.

Janet Geering, event chair, said, “Relay 2015 surpassed all our expectations and I can’t thank the people of Eastbourne enough for turning out and supporting us.

“We had amazing teams, dedicated friends and family who all helped us raise over £20,000, a figure that will continue to grow.”

The event was supported by local businesses, singers and bands and organisers thanked Eastbourne Borough Football Club, which donated the use of its facilities and grounds for the event.

The final total raised from the event will be announced at a Big Reveal in September.

Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, who opened the event, confirmed she will be entering a team next year to show her support.

Relay For Life is the largest fund raiser for Cancer Research in the world, but is not as well known in the UK.

Every year, around 8,600 people are diagnosed with cancer in Sussex, and sadly every year, around half of those people die. Last year Cancer Research UK spent more than £1million on research in Brighton to help beat cancer.

As a result of research, more people are beating cancer than ever before and survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years.

Cancer Research UK is dedicated to saving lives by preventing, controlling and curing all cancers.

To find out more about Eastbourne Relay For Life, visit the website at Or contact

Walking the whole 24 Hours!

Two determined fundraisers are walking the whole 24 hours at Eastbourne’s Relay For Life to mark the fact that cancer never sleeps.

Hundreds of people are expected to join together at Relay For Life Eastbourne on 2/3 July, Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, BN22 2UF to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Every Relay For Life event is made up of volunteers forming teams to spend 24-hours together around the track raising money to eradicate cancer. Teams can be made up of friends, families, co-workers, religious groups, classmates, and neighbours. Every team brings its own special energy to the event by hosting on-site fundraisers, creating campsites, and enjoying each other’s company while educating the community about cancer prevention.

No one knows how vital the services that Cancer Research UK provides more than Hayley Hammond and Dan Bates. Both have decided to walk for the whole 24 hours themselves to signify the fact that cancer never sleeps, so they won’t either.

Hayley, who is part of the More Radio Team said “Cancer affects everyone in their lifetime whether you have it yourself or know someone who has. Unfortunately, I have known many people – friends and family – that have suffered from the horrible Big C. I have seen first-hand the journey, struggles and pain living with cancer has not just on the person fighting, but on friends and family members too. This is why I am walking the entire 24 hours of the event. I know that any pain, struggle and tiredness I feel during the 24 hours will be nothing in comparison to living with cancer myself and hope the money I raise will help towards making Cancer a thing of the past”

Dan who is a member of Team Duff said “This is a charity close to my heart, the developments and breakthroughs in testing and treatment over the last few years have helped many people, including my mum who without them would not be here fighting today. This is a great cause and one I am passionate to support in any way I can.”

Janet Geering, Event Chair said “I am really looking forward to the event, where Eastbourne will unite to find a cancer for all cancers sooner. The event is being opened at 12 noon by Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon who is also part of a team MPs11. This will be followed with over 30 survivors being led around the first lap by members of East Sussex Bagpipe Players. Survivors and their carer/friend will then be treated to afternoon tea. The whole event is about making more survivors and raising awareness of healthy lifestyles and spotting the signs early.”

“We have a day packed full of entertainment, and it’s all for free. Queen Elsa and her friends/family kick off the event’s programme at 12.30 p.m. and the day culminates with the UK’s No 1 Adele Tribute show at 8.30 p.m. This is followed by a moving Candle of Hope Ceremony at 10.00 p.m. that is a time to reflect, celebrate and fight back!”

Volunteer musicians/entertainers include Harry Court, Jade Watson, karate and dancing demonstrations and Theresa Pallister, a leading lady of many West End musicals. For a full programme please see Donations to Hayley, Dan or to the event can also be made via our website.

Please join us and help us reach our goal of raising £30,000.