The Arbroath Relay for Life has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the cause.
The charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards acknowledges remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering made by people from all walks of life.
Relay for Life Arbroath received a special Commendation in the Fundraising in the Community 2015 category.
The award was presented by Louise Robertson, Regional Manager for Scotland, at the Arbroath Golf Club on Saturday.
The committee set an ambitious fundraising target of £100,000 and a final total of over £155,000 was announced in October 2014. A plethora of new exciting fundraising events were created, including a 24 hour relay swim, sponsored walks in Arbroath and a spectacular Rat Pack dinner. Another was a team called Thunderbirds International for holidaymakers and expats with team members in USA, Dubai, Australia, Turkey, Spain and Portugal walking to raise funds for Relay For Life.
Ian Angus, Chair of Relay for Life Arbroath, said he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Relay for Life and paid tribute to the support the community has given the event over the last eight years and which is still ongoing in 2015.
Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK Chief Executive, said: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and has set ambitious plans and aspirations for the future. However, progress is only made possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters, without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses. Our Flame of Hope Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to these enormously generous volunteers and supporters for the fantastic work they do.”
Richard Cowie, Cancer Research UK Fundraising Manager said: “These awards are our way of honouring incredible people like Relay for Life Arbroath who give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return. It’s thanks to the support of the fundraising public and our amazing army of volunteers that we can continue to make a real difference and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”