Survivors, fighters and fundraisers run circles around cancer

Evesham Journal: Evesham's Relay for Life, with survivor Christine Pugh (in sunflower hat). Evesham's Relay for Life, with survivor Christine Pugh (in sunflower hat).

SURVIVORS, fighters and fundraisers alike ran circles around cancer during the weekend at Evesham's Relay for Life event.

The town's biggest fundraiser was larger than ever before as about 600 people turned out to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

So far the teams who have taken place have raised a total of £75,000 but with money still to be collected organisers are hopeful they can reach their target of £100,000.

Amongst the teams were the Seren's All Stars, who raised £12,087.81 - the highest ever team total at Evesham's Relay for Life. They were joined by young Seren who is battling stage three lymphoblastic lymphoma and has to undergo chemotherapy each week.

Another team, the Country Bumpkins, featured survivor Christine Pugh.

The 68-year-old, of Church Lench, was diagnosed with cancer 42 years ago and was one of more than 50 survivors taking part in the event.

"I thought I was going to die," she said. "The Cancer Research rep told us that in the 70's only 24 percent of cancer sufferers survived. Today it is more than 50 percent and in 20 years time it will be 75 percent, that's how fast they are making progress.

"I must make special mention of the survivors lunch, such a happy lovely hour where we can all meet each other and be royally looked after, and the Candle of Hope Ceremony, which has to be seen to be believed."

And organiser Paul Baylis was delighted with the day.

"It's a great event," he said. "There were nearly 600 participants taking part. The weather could've been a lot worse and it didn't dampen anyone's spirit.

"It was an amazing atmosphere, if only we could bottle it, and I have never known a 24 hours go so fast. It was an awesome weekend. Thanks to everyone that has supported the event."

There will be a post relay party on Sunday, August 24. For more information about the event visit eveshamrelay.org.uk.

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