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.
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.
“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.”