July 3, 2012 4:00 PM

Stockport relay for life

Last Saturday, 30th June 2012, Cancer Research UK and Stockport Rugby Club joined forces to host a 24 hour "relay for life" event. Local MP Mark Hunter attended after being invited as a special guest to officially start the round-the-clock event and say a few words to all those participating.

Throughout the year, as part of relay for life events up and down the country, teams of 8 to 15 people get together and fundraise in their local communities to support the work of Cancer Research UK.

On Saturday at Stockport Rugby Club - off Bridge Lane in Bramhall - there was a mix of music, games, entertainment, food, and fundraising whilst members of each team took turns to walk around the track for the duration of the Relay. The event is run overnight to mark the fact that cancer never sleeps and, to date, has raised over £41,500.

Relay For Life Stockport Event Chair Neil Commins said:

"The event was a tremendous success, and the people of Stockport were incredible. Despite regular rain showers, our teams continued to walk around the track for a full 24 hours, and by Sunday lunchtime we had raised an incredible £41,500 for Cancer Research UK.

"This money, which will be spent locally at places like the Paterson Institute, really will make a difference to peoples lives as Cancer Research UK and their scientists continue their vital work."

Already the Relay For Life Stockport committee is looking forward to next years event - which will as usual be held on the last Saturday in June. Anyone who feels they are up to the challenge of leading a relay team can contact Neil on 07581 419911.

Commenting at the event, Mark added:

"It was a privilege to be a part of this special event which helps to raise vital funds for an extremely important cause.

"So many of us have either experienced - or have had family members experience - some form of cancer, and Cancer Research UK perform a vital role in the fight to help "beat cancer".

"Well done to all those who either helped organise or took part in the event last weekend."

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