Fun packed 24 hours of fundraising

Cancer Research UK Relay for Life SUS-140905-100353001

Cancer Research UK Relay for Life SUS-140905-100353001

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Get your friends and family together for a fun packed 24 hours in aid of a fantastic cause.

Come along and support teams at Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life, Horsham and enjoy a weekend packed with live entertainment, kids’ workshops, stalls and loads of activities.

Last year’s event saw a massive £30,500 raised, so please join your community in helping beat that total this year. Taking place on the fantastic grounds of Horsham Rugby Club, the event is hosted by Peach one of the UK’s leading entertainment specialists, and starts at 12 noon on Saturday 24th May with an opening ceremony.

Relay For Life is an inspirational family fundraiser held on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Teams will be taking it in turns to walk around a track for 24 hours, while one and all are welcome to come along and soak up the festival atmosphere taking place around the circuit.

Entry is free, there’s plenty of (free) on-site parking and a huge variety of family fun with a main stage delivering live bands, dance acts, choirs and even a talent competition – with a brilliant line up put together by renowned local musician Brent Yeomans and Peach Entertainments. Acts include The Willie Austen Band, Saviours of Soul and acoustics on the lawn with Lauren Rebecca. Stay for lunch or join us for dinner with delicious refreshments including a traditional hog roast, BBQ, curry, homemade cakes and drinks.

Fundraising teams are selling bric a brac, nearly new clothes and tickets forfab raffle prizes including a luxury hamper, there is also an amazing auction for lots including three nights in Marrakech, a Vodafone Smart Tablet and a Jay Adams designed Z Flex Skateboard. Children will find plenty to do from t-shirt and cup cake decorating to Music Bus Sessions, bouncy castles and face painting.

Horsham Pavilions (Places for People Leisure) will kindly be offering a chance to try sports tasters including boxing and kettle bells and kids can take place in the hoopla challenge to win a party. The Rugby Club Mini and Junior teams will also be putting on a small tournament and taster sessions. Don’t forget to say hello to Spin Challenge participant Barry Dance who will be spinning instead of walking for 24 hours.

Cancer survivors of all ages launch Relay For Life as VIP’s by walking the first lap. They’re cheered on by family, friends and Relay participants from the community who have come together to celebrate their achievements.

A Candle of Hope ceremony will also be held as dusk falls in memory or in celebration of loved ones, candle bags are dedicated in memory or in celebration of a loved one affected by cancer before being lit and placed around the track in a very moving ceremony. To dedicate a candle bag in memory or in celebration of a loved one affected by cancer then please contact horshamrelayforlife@gmail.com or 07713 131373

Relay For Life takes place from 24th until 25th May from 12 noon-12 noon, with free entrance and free on-site parking, it is a true community event, organised by a volunteer committee which relies on the goodwill of supporters, sponsors and volunteers to make it happen. If you have some time to help out over the weekend or would like to offer support, then please e-mail horshamrelayforlife@gmail.com.

There will also be information on Cancer awareness and healthy lifestyle advice, plus the team from DC Leisure will be on hand with advice on exercise. The event is additionally kindly supported by Horsham Rugby Club, St John Ambulance, UK Table Tennis, Sparks Power and many other companies and individuals. To donate £3 to the event text ‘HRFL49 £3’ to 70070.

Report and pictures contributed by Cancer Research UK.