Search for survivors to run honour lap at cancer charity relay

Participants in the Cancer Research UK Relay for Life at Ickworth Park are being asked to get more involved. Pictured: runners at an event in 2011. ANL-151006-115220001
Participants in the Cancer Research UK Relay for Life at Ickworth Park are being asked to get more involved. Pictured: runners at an event in 2011. ANL-151006-115220001

Participants in a charity relay at Ickworth Park next month whose lives have been affected by cancer are being offered the chance to get more involved in the event.

Organisers of the Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life at the National Trust estate are asking people who have survived the disease, and others currently under-going treatment, to take part in the emotional and inspirational ‘Lap of Honour’.

This extra motivational effort will start at 12pm on Saturday, July 11, marking the start of the overnight fund-raising festival.

Lorraine Cockerton, volunteer chair of Relay For Life in Bury St Edmunds, said: “The Survivors’ Lap of Honour is a crucial part of Relay For Life. It is a moving start to the weekend’s festivities.

“It allows us to honour everyone who has experienced cancer and celebrate the strides that are being made to beat the disease.”

As well as the relay, there will be family entertainment at the park from noon until midnight including bands, novelty laps, games and stalls.

The Candle of Hope ceremony, when specially made bags decorated with messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track, will begin at dusk.