Fund-raisers take a stand to fight for a brighter future

Relay For Life'Ickworth House
Relay For Life'Ickworth House
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HUNDREDS of people whose lives have been affected by cancer grabbed the baton to raise more than £70,000 in the fight against the disease on Saturday.

The 2011 Relay For Life took place in the picturesque setting of Ickworth House, with scores of fund-raisers and cancer survivors turning out to take part in a 21-hour walk for hope.

The £74,000 raised went to Cancer Research UK and the day was kicked off by a lap of honour from those who have overcome or are still battling cancer.

Lorraine Cockerton, relay chairman, said that hope was the driving force behind the day.

“It’s hope for a better future and a cure to cancer. It’s just amazing that so many people put a huge amount of effort into a day like this,” she said.

The walkers took part in teams, with one member of each team having to be on the track at any one time.

James Watson, 38, has Hodgkins lymphoma and was one of the survivors who took part. He said it was an emotional day.

“It’s hard for me to express how great this is – to see everyone here is amazing,” he said.

Alfred Timberlake, 53, who was given the all-clear from testicular cancer in 2008, said: “Sometimes with cancer you feel like you are on your own. When you see all these people, you know you aren’t.”