Relay For Life Isle Man has received a special commendation in Cancer Research UK’s Flame of Hope awards.
The Relay’s Isle of Man organising committee was among 500 nominees for the awards, which recognise outstanding volunteering efforts.
Ahead of this year’s Relay, for which Celton Manx is lead sponsor for the sixth successive year, Paula Jones, senior fundraising manager for the North West for Cancer Research UK, travelled to the Island to present the award. She said: ‘I nominated the Isle of Man volunteers for their tireless passion and motivation which, in 2015, saw them rank second out of all the Relay events in the UK in terms of fundraising income, by raising more than £123,000. The efforts that go into organising the event, and the work of the teams in fundraising is incredible, and I’m delighted to present the award to the Isle of Man in grateful thanks for helping Cancer Research UK to beat cancer sooner.’
Organising committee chairman Lynn Bell said: ‘For our volunteers to be recognised publicly for their year-round hard work is great news. Everyone involved is to be congratulated for giving their time so selflessly and helping to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
‘Relay For Life Isle of Man is now in its seventh year and thanks to the long-standing support of our lead sponsor Celton Manx, media partner 3FM and other local businesses, our volunteers and the Manx public it has become a much anticipated community event with a tremendously loyal following.
‘The proceedings begin with a lap of honour for cancer survivors and there are theme laps, games, bouncy castles, family disco and a silent disco, so there’s something for everyone throughout the day, and then at dusk we have the moving Candle of Hope ceremony.
‘This year we’re looking forward to welcoming more than 50 teams, including around 70 cancer survivors, and the whole island community to our Family Fun day which starts at noon. As always there will be an opening ceremony attended by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney and Bill Mummery, executive director of Celton Manx.’
Mr Mummery said: ‘Lynn, her committee and the legions of volunteers are to be congratulated on receiving this well deserved award. Their energy, unwavering enthusiasm and dedication is truly inspirational and has ensured the success of an event which reflects the Manx community’s abiding generosity of spirit and has led to the Isle of Man becoming one of the top Relay fundraising regions in the British Isles.’
Relay For Life Isle of Man will be held on August 27 at the National Sports Centre, Douglas, starting at 12noon.
The Isle of Man event has been selected to trial a new virtual reality tour, where users can explore a real-life working Cancer Research UK laboratory. For more information contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow their Facebook page Relay For Life Isle of Man, or on twitter @IOMRelay.
Paula Jones ,fourth from left, senior fundraising manager for the North West for Cancer Research UK, is pictured presenting the Flame of Hope award to Relay For Life Isle of Man organising committee members and volunteers