What is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life brings you and your town together to help beat cancer.
Throughout the year, teams fundraise in their local communities to support the work of Cancer Research UK. Then everyone comes together in an inspiring overnight celebration and commemoration that the whole community can be part of.
Relay events focus on fun for all the family, regardless of age or fitness level – everyone is welcome!
On the day of the Relay
At the event everybody gathers at their local track, stadium or sports field and take turns walking laps. Each team keeps at least one member on the track at all times, while all around them a party is in full swing.
Relay events have a friendly, festival-like atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy. Camping, music, stalls and entertainment will be laid on, and most of the teams taking part camp overnight.
Every Relay For Life lasts 12 to 24 hours, runs overnight and includes a Survivors' Lap of Honour and a moving Candle of Hope ceremony.
How do I take part?
You can take part in your local Relay event as a Team Captain, a Team Member or Survivor. If you want to start a team, you’ll need to become a Team Captain or ask someone you know to become one and then join their team as a Team Member.
Team Captains must be 18 or over and are responsible for registering for an event. They then let their friends and family know the team name and ask them to join them as Team members. You can join a team via their online fundraising page. Search for a team.
Survivors are our guests of honour. All you need to do is sign up as a survivor for the event of your choice and attend on the day. Simple!
Read more about ways to take part in Relay For Life.
Find a Relay near you
Whether you'd like to enter a team or just be there on the day, your local Relay would love to see you! Find your nearest Relay now.