Lorraine steps into Relay For Life hotseat

Lorraine Coleman outside Mintlaw Academy.
Lorraine Coleman outside Mintlaw Academy.

Relay For Life has a new Event Chair, Vice Chairperson and committee.

Lorraine Coleman, who is a PE teacher at Mintlaw Academy, has taken over the role from Angie Shearer.

There is also a new committee, with nine of the 11 positions filled. Not everyone on the committee has had cancer, but many have had family members who have been affected by it.

The committee is responsible for the North-east of Scotland, an area which includes Aberdeen and parts of Moray and Aberdeenshire, excluding Turriff.

Each year, Relay for Life participants run around the track at Catto Park, Peterhead, for 24 hours. Those who take part complete a number of laps including a lap of reflection for those who have lost their battle against the illness, and a lap of hope, for those currently going through treatment. At 11.45pm there is a Candle of Hope ceremony in which candles are lit around the track.

Lorraine was diagnosed with cancer in October 2008. Her friend, Joyce Cameron, who is the new Vice Chairperson, was diagnosed with cancer one month later. They got in touch in December 2008 and have supported eachother ever since.

Commenting, Lorraine said: “We’re all in this together. That’s why I’m really excited and enthusiastic to be working with the new committee. We hope to help many more people in the future.”

Peterhead has become the most successful Relay For Life in the UK, having raised £650,000 since 2006. This year, twelve teams of participants raised £147,000. Relay For Life has raised over £100,000 for four consecutive years.

The committee are always looking for new volunteers to give as much or as little time as they wish. Next year’s Relay For Life will take part on July 6 and 7 at Catto Park.