Hundreds join the 21-hour Relay for Life

The families of survivors Sue Hunter & Anna Houseden make up the parrots of the caribbean team.
The families of survivors Sue Hunter & Anna Houseden make up the parrots of the caribbean team.
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HUNDREDS took part in the Relay for Life on Saturday – a non-stop 21-hour relay walk for Cancer Research UK.

The event, in its fourth year, saw 40 teams take on a circular track at Ickworth Park, starting at noon on Saturday and finishing on Sunday at 9am.

Walkers enjoy the shelter of the party tent including survivors Jane Worley (Team Shelbourne) Vince Butcher (Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Club) & Keith Turner (Wallis Walkers)

Walkers enjoy the shelter of the party tent including survivors Jane Worley (Team Shelbourne) Vince Butcher (Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Club) & Keith Turner (Wallis Walkers)

Teams, with a variety of zany names like the Hairy Nosed Wombats and the Parrots of the Caribbean, joined the walk after a lap of honour for cancer survivors led by the Stowmarket Concert Band. The teams then had to continuously walk the circuit but could tag in a team mate to take over whenever they wanted.

Relay chairman Lorraine Cockerton said: “The people in the teams raise money prior to today, so this day is more like a celebration of their hard work. It gives people an opportunity to do something together – it will be together that we will make a difference to beat cancer.”

The evening centred around a special Candle of Hope ceremony where 1,000 candle bags were lit around the track.

Taking part in the relay, Lisa Odey, 31, from Thetford, said: “I had breast cancer in 2009. I was only 29 when I was diagnosed. I was the first in my family to have it so it was a huge shock.

Some of the 'Here Come the Girls' team. Who work at Boots (who have pledged to double what the team raises)''Karen Ray, Lisa Smith, Dinah Goodswin, Jean Mason, Allison Marchent, Kim Thomas, Dennis Wright, Hellie Abach with survivor Stephen Williams

Some of the 'Here Come the Girls' team. Who work at Boots (who have pledged to double what the team raises)''Karen Ray, Lisa Smith, Dinah Goodswin, Jean Mason, Allison Marchent, Kim Thomas, Dennis Wright, Hellie Abach with survivor Stephen Williams

“I had two operations, four months of chemotherapy and three and a half weeks of radiotherapy. This is the first time I have done this – I am blown away. It is great to raise money for the charity to help find a cure to stop people suffering.”

Members of Jesse's Camping Crew from Haverhill, on the lawn in front of Ickworth House.''The Camping Crew have raised around �21,000 in Jesse Gower's memory

Members of Jesse's Camping Crew from Haverhill, on the lawn in front of Ickworth House.''The Camping Crew have raised around �21,000 in Jesse Gower's memory