Cancer fighting relay event is back on July 11 and 12 next year

Bury St Edmunds Relay For Life

Bury St Edmunds Relay For Life - Credit: Wendy Turner

Teams are being encouraged to sign up to a charity event with a “village fair” feel which is both fun and emotional for participants.

Is this currently the longest diversion on the UKs roads?

Is this currently the longest diversion on the UKs roads?

Bury St Edmunds’ Relay for Life, in aid of Cancer Research UK, is back next year on July 11 and 12 following a break last year.

The 2015 event was officially launched by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Robert Everitt, at a celebratory occasion hosted by Bury Rugby Club last Saturday.

Relay for Life, which is held in the grounds of Ickworth House, is a celebration of life and hope which brings communities together to help beat cancer.

The overnight relay involves team members taking it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys the activities and entertainment on offer.


Those team members not on the track take it in turn to rest, eat or sleep in their tents, which are set up close by.

Particularly moving parts of the event are the opening ceremony, which involves cancer survivors, and the Candle of Hope ceremony, which takes place as dusk falls.

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Lorraine Cockerton, chair of the organising committee, said: “We would like as many people as possible to enter teams and join us at Ickworth. It’s just a great event.”

Teams of between eight to 15 people are needed to take part.

The 2012 Relay for Life raised about £70,000 to help beat cancer.

For more information call Mrs Cockerton on 07515 759478 or email sign up visit