Due to the pandemic, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) were forced to cancel mass participation events in 2020 to protect the country’s health. This included the inaugural Relay For Life event in Peterborough, scheduled for last September.
Thankfully, restrictions are easing and the organising committee are more determined than ever to ensure the 2021 event takes place in some form. Arranged for Sunday October 10, the Peterborough Relay for Life is set to be shorter than the usual 24 hour event - changed to 5 hours - and will take place at Ferry Meadows.
This will be an open air event, with fundraising teams running or walking a track as part of a relay activity throughout the day, from 12pm to 5pm. In addition, there will be fun stalls, stands and slightly less energetic activities for spectators to get involved in.
The event will start with an initial lap of the track taken by survivors of cancer and organisers would love to see more survivors register to take part.
The usual evening Candle of Hope event will now be something people can do back at home, with candles available for collection at the event.
Del Singh, volunteer for Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Peterborough, said: "One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. Fundraising for Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belief that it can make a difference. Cancer Research UK needs everyone in Peterborough to act right now.
"Covid-19 has made the fight against cancer even harder, but we are determined that we will never stop finding new ways to support Relay For Life. The Peterborough committee is looking forward our 2021 event with renewed energy and we are asking the public to get behind us by fundraising in imaginative ways."
The Covid crisis has caused a devastating loss of research funding for many charities across the country. Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years, which could impact future medical breakthroughs.
Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s generous support. Cancer hasn't stopped and relay members are calling on the people of Peterborough to give their support today to help save lives tomorrow.
People of all ages are being asked to raise funds through a wide range of activities, be they virtual or live, such as karaoke, quizzes, bingo, head shaves, tea-parties, and donations from their family, friends, and work colleagues.
It's free to register a team to take part in the Relay For Life at the Cancer Research website here.