A team of Bury St Edmunds teachers and friends are casting aside their books and taking up the baton as they join together for the town’s forthcoming Relay For Life event.
The teachers from St Louis Middle School will be taking part in the Cancer Research UK fund-raiser at Ickworth Park on July 11-12 in memory of Fred Grimsey, the school’s assistant head who died from cancer in June 2014.
Gil Turner, captain of Fred’s Team, 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 and taking part in Relay For Life is a positive way to be part of the local community and help make a real difference.
“This is the sixth time Relay For Life has been held in Bury and it would be great if local people and companies followed our example and signed up to make it a huge success.”
Teams raise as much money as possible in the months leading up to the relay and, during the event itself, take turns walking round a track while everyone else enjoys the carnival atmosphere.
As it continues non-stop through the night, those not on track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents.
As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens for the Candle of Hope ceremony where 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.
For details on how to enter the relay, visit www.ourrelay.co.uk or call 07515 759478.
St Louis School will be hosting a ceilidh evening from 7.30–11pm on May 30. For tickets, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, call 01284 753495.