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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO JOIN OVERNIGHT CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN NORWICH

Saturday  30th June to Sunday 1st July 

- Help Cancer Research UK turn 'Hope' into 'Cure' 

CANCER survivors from across Norfolk are to lead an all-night festival of hope and remembrance in a united effort to find cures for the disease. 

Cancer Research UK's Relay For Life brings together the whole community in one location for up to 24 hours to celebrate the strides being made to cure cancer faster. 

As part of the event, teams of people from all sections of the community take turns to walk around a track in a relay following an opening ‘Lap of Honour’ by cancer survivors.  

But to make it work, organisers need a willing band of volunteers from all walks of life to sign up and help give the event a real party atmosphere. 

Anne Cathersides, chair of Cancer Research UK's Relay For Life from Earlham High Schools, says: "Relay For Life is a celebration as well as an informal day of remembrance. There's music, there's laughter, there's fun but there is also poignancy and everyone who joins in takes away something special.” 

"We want to celebrate life and remember the loved ones who passed away. There are many different strands to Relay For Life and anyone who can enter a team, help with advice or support will be valued." Survivors who wish to take part in the opening lap or would like further information contact (kjholland1@aol.com) 

The Cancer Research UK Relay For Life in Norwich takes place overnight at Earlham High School from 2pm Saturday 30th June until 11am Sunday morning and is part of a worldwide fundraising initiative to combat cancer. It all began 20 years ago when Dr Gordon Klatt ran & walked around a track for 24 hours to raise funds for the American Cancer Society in memory of his friend who died of cancer. 

Since then Relay For Life has been embraced by 20 countries and has raised a staggering one billion dollars. 

This is the first event of its kind in Norfolk and volunteers are needed to organise and recruit teams, seek community support, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend their support in any way they can. 

When the big day arrives, teams of 8 to 15 people will camp out at the Relay site and celebrate their fundraising achievements. When they are not taking their turn walking, they can take part in a range of fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. 

At 11pm the atmosphere quietens down as the Candle of Hope Ceremony - the most poignant part of Relay For Life - begins. Special messages are written on bags in memory or in celebration of loved ones and these are placed around the track with candles inside them. The bags are then displayed to form the word 'hope' before being re-arranged to spell out 'cure' and remind participants why they are there. 

Paul Fleet, Community Fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, adds: "Relay For Life isn't just a walk or a fundraising event, it's much more than that. It's an all-night carnival and a time for personal remembrance. 

"Whilst we're putting something back into cancer care and treatment, we're also helping to put something back into the community. Cancer is everyone's problem but in bringing everyone together, we can help turn hope into a cure." 

To find out more about Relay For Life or to get involved telephone  or log onto www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay 

Cancer Research UK's vision is to conquer cancer through world-class research.

 
The charity works alone and in partnership with others to carry out research into the biology and causes of cancer. It aims to develop effective treatments, improve the quality of life for cancer patients, reduce the number of people getting cancer and to provide authoritative information on cancer. 

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent charity dedicated to research on the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.


For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 08701 602040 or
visit www.cancerresearchuk.org