What is Relay For Life?

Relay for Life is a fund-raising event for Cancer Research UK. It is a 24 hour, non-athletic team event that takes place over a weekend.

Who can take part?

The team is ideally made up of between 8 and 15 people. They can be family, friends, work colleagues etc. Team members can be of any age, male and female – we have toddlers to grandparents take part. Cancer survivors (anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis, either past or present) can also register to […]

Do I have to get sponsored for how many laps I walk?

No, it isn’t like a sponsored race, it is more like Children in Need. The teams do a variety of fund-raising activities during the months leading up to the Relay. The activities have included coffee mornings, cake sales, race night, salsa night, waxing sessions and raffles. A very effective way to raise money is online […]

Why overnight?

This is symbolic – cancer doesn’t sleep so neither do we.  

What happens at the Relay?

After the opening ceremony, our cancer survivors take the first lap, cheered on by their supporters and the teams. The teams then take their opening lap, wearing their team outfits and following behind their team banner. Each team decides on their theme – we have had pirates, daisies, wizards, footballers, cops & robbers and Where’s […]

Candle of Hope ceremony

A significant part of Relay For Life is the Candle of Hope ceremony, which takes place as it begins to get dark. Here we take time to reflect on why we are taking part in this event with music, poems and readings. People decorate candle bags and dedicate them to loved ones that have been […]


We then make our final push towards the finish on Sunday. We have a closing ceremony where awards are handed out for things such as best team outfit, best decorated stall. We also have a trophy for the top fund-raising team and a Spirit of Relay shield.  

What about food and drink?

There will be a variety of hot food and drinks available to buy throughout the event. We also supply free hot drinks overnight. You can, of course, bring your own supplies to keep you going throughout the event.