Peterhead’s Relay hits £1m

Participants take to the track for the poignant Survivor's lap of honour at this year's Peterhead Relay for Life.
Participants take to the track for the poignant Survivor's lap of honour at this year's Peterhead Relay for Life.

Organisers of the annual Peterhead Relay for Life were jumping for joy at the weekend after raising a record-breaking £200,280 for Cancer Research UK.

The incredible figure means that the local event has surpassed the £1m mark, raising £1,042,723 since the first 24-hour Relay was held at the town’s Catto Park in 2006.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour walking event, held from 11am on Saturday to 11am on Sunday to show that cancer does not sleep.

Despite a rainy start to Saturday, the sun eventually broke through as hundreds of folk headed to Catto Park to support the 31 teams which took part this year.

They were able to browse around a variety of stalls and watch the Relay action as well as listen to music and enjoy a burger from the busy barbecue stall.

The popular survivors’ lap of honour kicked-off the event as more than 50 survivors and carers took to the track.

Meanwhile the poignant Candle of Hope ceremony late on Saturday evening saw many gather to remember family members and friends who had lost their lives to cancer.

Commenting on the event, chairwoman, Lorraine Coleman said that she was “absolutely delighted” with the efforts of everyone involved.

“We are the only annual relay to raise more than £100,000 on two consecutive years and we’ve done that six times,” she said.

“Last year we raised £183,000 and this year we smashed that target by and incredible £17,000.

“Since 2006, when the Relay was first held in Peterhead, we have raised £1,042,723 and we are absolutely delighted,” she said.

“I am so proud of the teams which have taken part. Their spirit has been absolutey fantastic.

“And I’m so proud of the survivors. We had 52 cancer survivors and carers take part this year.”

Lorraine added: “It’s such a team effort and it’s great to see everyone united to help Cancer Research UK.”