Getting in the spirit of the Relay for Life

24 hour Relay for Life at Bourton Meadow School, Buckingham.
24 hour Relay for Life at Bourton Meadow School, Buckingham.
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Nineteen committed teams from the Buckingham area took part in the annual Relay for Life.

The event took place over 24 hours, from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, at Bourton Meadow School. The weekend was the end of months of fundraising effort in aid of Cancer Research. Although the amount raised is yet to be tallied, it is expected to be more than £30,000.

The walk was officially opened by Buckingham and Winslow MP John Bercow, with other guests including Buckingham mayor Ruth Newell, High Sheriff, Carolyn Cumming and Amanda Taylor-Hopkins, headteacher at Bourton Meadow School.

More than 60 survivors and their supporters did the first lap, known as the survivors’ lap and throughout the event the 250 participants were treated to some musical entertainment.

Walking continued throughout the night around a track lined with lighted candle bags dedicated to loved ones.

Every team dressed up in costumes which included clowns, Cinderellas, hula skirts and fruit. Therapies including head massage and physiotherapy were also available.

The Candle of Hope ceremony saw readings by Nick Bayley and Katy Weston and a song written and performed by Linda Watkins.

For a fuller report by event organisers, see our clubs pages in this week’s Advertiser and Review.

For more pictures, visit our photo gallery page.