Crewkerne’s Relay For Life 24 hour walking event began with a torrential down pour of rain. The official blue ribbon was cut by Headteacher of Wadham School David Derbyshire at 12 noon on Saturday. Walkers from 16 relay teams were joined for the first lap around the track by their VIP guests for the weekend, cancer survivors who proudly wore their purple t-shirts as they led the way. Despite the heavy rain, the community spirit remained high and money for Cancer Research UK kept coming in, throughout Saturday and Sunday.

A variety of entertainment on and off stage, fundraising team and community stalls around the field and fancy dress laps in the relay, spurred the walkers on with spectators applauding their valiant efforts and dedication to the cause. Candles of Hope were lit in a special area of the field. The candle bags were decorated with personal designs and messages, in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer.

Reflecting that cancer never sleeps, team members continued walking around the track throughout the night. On Sunday morning, as the last lap of the Relay For Life neared the finishing line at 12 noon, a shower of silver confetti greeted the walkers, who were all presented with a purple ribbon silver relay medal by Becky Trout of Cancer Research UK and Crewkerne mayor, councillor Ben Hodgson. A cheque board for £48,176.30p was presented to Becky Trout, Local Fundraising Manger for Cancer Research UK by the chair of Crewkerne Relay For Life’s organising committee Louise Smith. The total raised has now hit £50,000 and is still rising. Our featured photo was contributed by Kevin Hill.

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