Relay for Life in Gorleston calling for teams

WITH last year’s record breaking total now a distant memory organisers of the 2012 Relay for Life event are looking to go one step further this year and break the �50,000 barrier.

And in addition to the new target, a new venue has been announced for the July event.

Relay for Life is an inspirational overnight event that honours cancer survivors and celebrates life. The event brings in much needed money to help with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The 2012 Great Yarmouth Relay for Life will take place overnight from 1pm on Saturday, July 21 until 9am on Sunday, July 22 at Cliff Park Junior School when the teams will walk continuously, in relay throughout the 24 hours of the event.

Chairman of the local event, Jayne King, said it was a difficult decision to move from Caister High School home of the relay for the last four years, but it was felt that a more central location would help achieve the �50,000 target.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Caister for hosting the Relay event these past years but we felt it is time to move to a new venue which we believe will help us achieve what is a very ambitious target.

“Cliff Park Junior at Gorleston is more central for us and can draw on a new and much larger population.

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“Being so close to the promenade at Gorleston we are looking into the possibility of the teams walking along there during part of the event which would really take the message out to the public,” said Miss King.

Organisers of the event are looking for teams to enter and as Miss King highlighted all are welcome.

“We are looking for a minimum of 25 teams to participate this year which we believe will help us reach the �50,000 target. Anybody can join in, regardless of age or fitness level, as the idea is that each team works together to maintain a relay of walking throughout the 24 hour event.

“Relay events focus on fun for all and in previous years we have had a mix of teams representing families, societies and local businesses – everyone is welcome.”

“Relay for Life is a unique event, as rather than getting sponsored for a one-off challenge, our supporters team up with people they know to raise money throughout the year, so several existing teams will have already been raising money since the 2011 Relay finished last July.

“Teams raise money in a variety of ways from pub quizzes and car boot sales, to karaoke nights and variety shows, it really is great fun but, with the knowledge that we are all really making a difference” said Miss King.

Anyone who is interested in taking part or for more information about please contact Jayne King, on 01493 667769, or by email at

Since 2008 the Great Yarmouth Relay has raised nearly �150,000 for Cancer Research UK.