Relay supporters praised for “unbelievable generosity”

The generosity and spirit of the people of Kirriemuir and district has been praised after the town’s Relay for Life raised over £65,000.

More than 650 people braved sore feet, aching limbs and lack of sleep to take part in a weekend of non-stop walking to realise the sum in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The event began at noon on Saturday, with 42 cancer Survivors leading the first lap of Kirriemuir Show field, and continued until noon on Sunday. A programme of events was organised throughout the weekend to keep walkers and supporters entertained including live music, dancing demonstrations, tug o’ war, It’s A Knockout, a fancy dress competition, bouncy slides and face painting.

Keith Hopkins, chairman of the relay committee, said: “This fantastic sum of money is further proof of the unbelievable generosity and unwavering community spirit of the people of Kirriemuir and the surrounding area. With 49 registered teams, over 650 participants, 42 Survivors of cancer and about 400 additional supporters over the two days, this was Kirriemuir’s biggest Relay For Life to date and this fabulous amount shows just how dedicated the teams were to raising funds to help Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards Kirrie’s Relay for Life, including the teams; the Survivors who walked the opening and closing laps; the local businesses who sponsored different aspects of the event; the volunteers who helped ensure the weekend went so smoothly; the performers and everyone who made a donation, sponsored team members or attended one of the many fund-raising events held in the run-up to the relay.

“Everyone entered into the spirit of the weekend. Over half the teams entered the fancy dress competition, which was won by Strathmore Christian Fellowship’s Pirates of the Kirrie-bean, while the When You Wish Upon A Star team won the Best Dressed Tent competition, which had a highly-appropriate health awareness theme.”

Other hotly-contested competitions included ‘Kirrie’s Got Talent’ – won by the Hollywood Has-Beens – and ‘Kirrie Does The Voice’, which was won by Niamh Henderson.

As darkness fell on Saturday evening, those who have lost the battle with cancer and those who have survived were remembered and celebrated at the beautiful, poignant Candle Of Hope Ceremony.

After a moving presentation by the Reverend Malcolm Rooney and superb performances by 14-year-old Tasmin Glass, Lisa Gray and Steve Gibbons and Shawney Henderson, everyone followed Piper Andrew Clark around the candlelit track as it was illuminated by a spectacular fireworks display.

The teams were told the final amount shortly after the event finished on Sunday.

Ruth Nelson, a member of the Kirrie Dumplings team, said: “That’s wonderful news. Not only have we had a fabulous weekend with our friends and family, we’ve also done our bit to help Cancer Research UK win the battle against cancer.”

Further information about Relay For Life is available at www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay or by calling 0871 641 2602.