Captains give reasons to Relay

Credit: Wallace Ferrier.
Credit: Wallace Ferrier.

Relay for Life team captains got together at the Arbroath Relay for Life venue last night (Tuesday) to issue a rallying call for more local people to join in the fightback against cancer.

The 10th Relay will be held on September 17 at Arbroath United Cricket Club.

Sharon Stewart, team captain for ‘Dancing Dudes & Divas’, explained: “I relay as I have lost family and friends to cancer but also I have had family who have beaten cancer and that’s because of cancer research. The whole event is a rollercoaster of emotions but it’s an amazing day and I’m there to raise money and walk in memory of those I’ve lost.”

Heidi Cathro also has a number of reasons for participating: “I Relay to raise money for further cancer research, but I also do it in honour of my big sister who lost her battle with cancer 18 years ago.

“I am team captain for Arbroath Musical Society and all of our members and our society have been touched by this illness in some way. Some people Relay to raise money for someone who is currently battling cancer, but there are also plenty of people who help because it is a good cause and it’s a lot of fun.

“I am so glad that I am a part of Relay for life. For that 24 hours I get to do something that can have a positive effect on so many lives, and have great fun while doing it. I highly recommend that you join us — you will not regret it. Just be sure to bring plenty of coffee and have nothing huge planned for the next day, because you will be exhausted. It is a hectic weekend but so rewarding.”

Helen Angus who captains Angus Allstars has very personal reasons for looking forward to this year’s event: “Having taken part in Relay for several years now as a survivor as well as a team captain. This year’s Relay is sure to be extra special with it being the tenth anniversary. It will also be my first Relay since being discharged from the oncology department five years on from my diagnosis.”

Helen continued: “It is so important to keep on fundraising for research because we are getting closer to a major breakthrough. But research needs funding and that’s where we can all play our part.”

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s Relay for Life in Arbroath can do so by logging on to the Cancer Research UK Relay for Life website and following the links. Further information may be obtained by contacting Relay chair, Ian Angus on 07928521030 or team chairs Angela Christie and Helen Wallace through the Facebook page - Arbroath Relay for Life.