Men, women and children in the Isle of Man whose lives have been touched by cancer are being invited to play a key role in Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life Isle of Man, sponsored by Celton Manx.
The charity is calling on people who have survived the disease, and others who are currently undergoing treatment, to join the emotional and inspirational Lap of Honour which marks the start of the overnight fundraising festival.
Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life is a unique celebration of life and hope. It’s a fantastic family event which unites communities to help beat more than 200 types of cancer.
Teams of eight to 15 people take part in the event, which is being held at the National Sports Centre, Douglas, over the bank holiday weekend of Saturday August 27.
Participants raise as much money as possible in the months leading up to the overnight celebration, through a wide range of activities from karaoke competitions to coffee mornings, supermarket bag-packs to charity balls, and securing donations from friends, family and work colleagues.
During Relay For Life, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys the carnival atmosphere. As the Relay continues non-stop through the night, team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in tents, which are set up close by.
A wide range of fun activities are also open to the whole community and everyone is welcome to come along on the day and help raise further funds for Cancer Research UK.
Organising committee chairman Lynn Bell said: ’The Survivors’ Lap of Honour is a crucial part of Relay For Life. It is a moving start to the weekend’s festivities as people of all ages, wearing special T-shirts bearing the word “Survivor”, step on to the track cheered on by all present.
‘The Survivors’ Lap allows us to honour everyone who has experienced cancer and celebrate the strides that are being made to beat the disease.’
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 NSC.
The money raised through Relay For Life helps to fund Cancer Research UK’s world-class research to save more lives by preventing, controlling and curing all cancers.
Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s work, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
But despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the British Isles. Cancer Research UK wants to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured and needs the support of the people of the Isle of Man to help save many more lives.
Lynn Bell added: ‘Cancer affects so many people every year. Relay For Life is a great way to support them by raising awareness and money to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.
‘We would love to hear from anyone who wants to take part in the Survivors’ Lap of Honour or who wants to enter a team in Relay For Life. This is a unique event and everyone can play a part.
‘With the support of people in the Isle of Man we can accelerate our progress against this devastating disease.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Relay For Life Isle of Man is a community event like no other and one which, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Lynn and her great team of volunteers, raises astounding sums of money: £123,694 in 2015. As lead sponsor for six years in succession Celton Manx has witnessed the powerful multiplier effect investing in the community can achieve. Each year the committee’s dedication and drive are matched by the overwhelming support and enthusiasm Relay For Life engenders in the people of the Isle of Man. The Survivors’ Lap of Honour sends out an unequivocal message of hope and inspiration with which Celton Manx is proud to be associated once more.’
Relay For Life Isle of Man starts at 12 noon and the Survivors’ Lap of Honour shortly after. To take part contact Lynn Bell, 429421 or the committee at relayiom.gmail.com. To find out more about Relay For Life Isle of Man follow the charity on Facebook or Twitter, @IOMRelay.
About Cancer Research UK
- Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
- The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
- Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
- Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
- Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.