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Preparations under way for 2019 Relay for Life walk in Bury St Edmunds in aid of Cancer Research UK

Fund-raisers are busy preparing for Relay for Life, in aid of Cancer Research UK, which takes place in Bury St Edmunds on July 6 and 7.

Nowton Park is hosting Suffolk's only Relay for Life again this year.

Last year's walk attracted more than 400 registered participants – including 75 cancer survivors – in 26 teams.

Relay for Life at Nowton Park....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (9074152)
Relay for Life at Nowton Park....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (9074152)

In 2019, organisers hope to have at least 100 cancer survivors taking part.

Relay For Life is a year-round fund-raising challenge. Teams of friends and families fund-raise together before coming together for a 24-hour celebration, taking it in turns to walk around a track.

To date, Bury Relay for Life has raised more than £350,000 for Cancer Research UK, with £42,000 raised in 2018 alone.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Relay for Life in Bury. Teams from across the county have already entered to take part, but organisers are appealing for teams from previous years to join the event again in its anniversary year.

David Cianciola, Bury Relay for Life co-chairman, has been made one of two UK Global Heroes of Hope for Cancer Research for the 2018/19 Relay for Life season by the American Cancer Society. The international recognition makes him an ambassador for the event.

He is appealing for businesses to sponsor this year's walk.

For more information or to register, go to relay.cancerresearchuk.org

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