Cancer Research are urging people to take part in Relay For Life in Orpington

PUBLISHED: 16:27 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 02 August 2017

Relay For Life

Relay For Life

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Teams can be made up of eight to 15 people

Cancer Research is urging people to get together to spend a night completing its Relay For Life challenge in Orpington.

The charity is encouraging family, friends and work colleagues to raise money by creating teams of eight to 15 people, of all ages, fitness levels and walks of life, and walking together throughout the night at High Elms Golf Course on September 23-24.

Teams can raise funds through a wide range of activities from karaoke to quizzez, supermarket bag-packs to charity balls and fonations from their loved ones. They are invited to take part in an overnight fundraising festival to celebrate their achievements.

Mellissa Fitsimmons, volunteer chair of Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in south east London, said: “Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with your family, friends and colleagues while raising money for a truly worthwhile cause.”

During the relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk around a track while everyone else enjoys the carnival atmosphere.

As the event continues non-stop through the night, team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by.

As dusk falls the specially made Cande of Hope bags - decorated with touching messahes in memory ot in celebration of loced ones - are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the gold course, and glow long into the evening.

Ms Fitzsimmons, added: “One in two people in the UK will be disgnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belied that it can make a difference. Cancer Research UK needs everyone in south east London to act righ tnow.

“we have made so much progress in the fight against this devastating disease, but it’s not just technology or knowlege that we need to win the battle to beat cancer - it’s funding.

“Today as many people survive cancer as die from cancer, but there’s much more work to do.”

For more information about Relay For Life visit or call 0300 123 1026

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