THE FINAL countdown to Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Hoo, Rochester has started and local people are being urge to seize their chance to join the unique fundraising event.

Fifteen teams of men, women and children have already signed up for the overnight celebration which will take place at Deangate Ridge, Hoo over the weekend of Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd July 2011.

Now organisers are encouraging anyone who would like to enter a team to sign up as soon as possible before time runs out.

Nancy Waller, volunteer Chair of Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Hoo, said: “Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and colleagues while raising money for a seriously worth-while cause. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. Taking part in Relay For Life is a positive way to be part of your local community and help make a real difference.”
During the Relay For Life event, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys the carnival atmosphere. As the event continues non-stop through the night, team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents, which are set up at the Deangate Ridge track.

The wide range of fun activities are open to the whole community and everyone is welcome to join in on the day and help raise further funds for Cancer Research UK.

As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. The event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags decorated with touching messages – in memory or in celebration of loved ones – are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track.

Mrs Waller said: “We would love to hear from anyone who wants to find out more about Relay For Life and how they can get involved. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t fundraised before. This is a unique event and every single person in Medway can play a part.”

Cancer Research UK supports the work of scientists, doctors and nurses who are dedicated to beating cancer by understanding its causes and investigating how best to prevent, diagnose and treat it.

Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s work, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and the charity has been at the heart of that progress.

But despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes one in four of all deaths in the UK. Cancer Research UK wants to change that and needs the help of people in Medway to help save many more lives.

For more information on how to enter Relay For Life contact Nancy Waller on 01622 221254 (daytime) or email: alternatively you can visit or call 08716 41 26 02.