AFTER months of preparation, Buckingham’s Relay For Life event is taking place this weekend at Bourton Meadow School, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The 24-hour celebration of life takes place from noon tomorrow, Saturday, to noon on Sunday.
Nineteen teams are taking part in this year’s relay, with members dressed to theme with their team names.
During the relay, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while the rest of the team have the chance to rest or sample a range of therapies.
Treatments and demonstrations on offer include physiotherapy, reiki, Indian head massage, tai chi, Pilates and reflexology.
There will also be a full programme of entertainment including MK Dons mascot Donny, Zumba, the Marsh Gibbon Silver Band Irish Dancing and the Milton Keynes Rock Chorus.
Warm-up is at 11.30am. All cancer survivors are invited to join in with the special first lap, which is a Survivors’ Lap.
The relay continues through the night, with members taking it in turns to eat and sleep, making sure one member of the team is on the track at all times.
As dusk falls, the specially made Candle Of Hope bags, decorated with touching messages, in memory or in celebration of loved ones, are filled with sand and lit up with candles placed around the track for the Candle Of Hope ceremony at 9.40pm.
Bags will be on sale on the day or can be bought in advance from Jane Russell on 01280 816291.