National award for Relay volunteers

Front row: Hilda Dyce (91), Relay For Life Peterhead's oldest cancer survivor, Lorraine Coleman, Fiona Harvey and Angie Shearer MBE. Back row: Joyce Cameron, vice-chair, Morag Watt, Kathleen Chalmers and Bethany Smith (17), Relay For Life Peterhead's youngest cancer survivor
Front row: Hilda Dyce (91), Relay For Life Peterhead's oldest cancer survivor, Lorraine Coleman, Fiona Harvey and Angie Shearer MBE. Back row: Joyce Cameron, vice-chair, Morag Watt, Kathleen Chalmers and Bethany Smith (17), Relay For Life Peterhead's youngest cancer survivor

The group of volunteers who organise Relay For Life Peterhead, have received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the cause.

The charity’s annual Flame of Hope awards recognise remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering made by people from all walks of life.

Chosen from among 400 nominations from across the UK, the organising committee scooped the top award in the Fundraising in the Community category.

Three members of the committee will pick up the award on Friday, June 5 at a special ceremony in London hosted by Cancer Research UK’s chairman, Michael Pragnall.

In 2014, Relay For Life Peterhead became the first event of its kind in the UK to raise over £1m for the life-saving work of Cancer Research UK.

Started in 2006 by Angie Shearer, this year’s event at Lord Catto Park, Peterhead on July 4, marks the 10th anniversary of the event.

Angie, who is fundraising for her 14th Relay this year, went on to chair the Peterhead event for seven years.

Fiona Harvey, Cancer Research UK local fundraising manager for the north east of Scotland said: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer.

“However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like everyone involved in Peterhead Relay For Life without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”

“Our Flame of Hope awards give us the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to these enormously generous volunteers and supporters for the fantastic work that they do.”

Lorraine Coleman, Chair of the Peterhead Relay Committee said: “We are really delighted with the Flame of Hope Award.

“The success of Relay For Life Peterhead is down to everyone who has supported us over the nine years and to those who are doing this year’s Relay. This includes our very dedicated team members, committees, volunteers, sponsors and CRUK representatives,” she added.