Courage and determination at Peterhead’s Relay for Life

No spirits were dampened despite hours of rain at the Relay For Life Peterhead over the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July.

The 24-hour event started after the Opening Ceremony where Bethany Smith (17) gave the very moving survivors speech.

The youngest survivor, three-year-old Nicole Millar, stole everyone’s hearts as she received her Relay teddy.

Relay organisers call Nicole “Our little inspiration!” and she said that she loves smiling and her smile is so infectious!

Hilda Dyce, the oldest survivor at 91, and Sally Youngson, cut the ribbon to start the 24 hours for the 23 teams to go round the track.

The Fraserburgh pipe band were a fine sight as they led the 52 survivors and their 32 carers round the first lap.

Every survivor was an inspiration both to each other and to the teams who have been fundraising all year to raise money for Cancer Research UK to help others with cancer.

Little Nicole Millar showed amazing courage and determination to walk with her two sticks round the 400m.

This was a major achievement for her and she smiled all the way.

She said: “I am getting lots of claps” and everyone at the event said she deserved it.

Nicole is a very special little girl who shows outstanding spirit and determination.

The survivors then enjoyed a very lovely reception with fantastic food and drink which had been donated.

The tables were beautifully laid out which helped to make the survivors feel special.

The teams did some fantastic fundraising throughout the year and on the day, and their spirits were outstanding at the Relay.

They walked or ran around the track in their team Relay for the full 24 hours.

Despite the rain they continued with the team events – outside and in – requiring many changes of clothes because of water, mud and foam but they had fantastic fun.

The Entertainment crew, so wonderfully led by the ever cheerful and enthusiastic Linda Mitchell and Lynne Gordon, set up the fun events.

The Relay is made special by the whole-hearted enthusiasm of the teams.

The Candle of Hope ceremony at 11pm saw some 600 people attend and thanks are extended to members of the public for joining in.

It was a very moving ceremony where those lost to cancer were remembered and to hope for a cure in the

It was emotional hearing Andrew Buchan playing the pipes in the laps of reflection and hope and hearing Courtney Murphy sing so lovely for the Heroes of hope and dedications.

The Relay had many sponsors and donations and the organisers would like to thank everyone for this.

Each donation will help the fight against cancer.

The volunteers and committee worked so hard to make the Relay the fantastic success that it was.

Event chair Lorraine Coleman said: “After the 24 hours we announced the total money raised to that point – £147,848.

“This is an awesome amount to give to Cancer Research UK to use to help save lives and to give people more tomorrows.

“Thank you to everyone!”