About Relay For Life

Relay For Life celebrates the power of community fundraising in the fight to beat cancer. Teams of family and friends fundraise for life-saving cancer research then unite as a community to celebrate and remember everyone who has been affected by cancer.

COVID-19 has slowed us down, but we will never stop. We are absolutely determined to continue our vital research to create better treatments for tomorrow, but we need your help today. Your fundraising will make a difference and together we will still beat cancer.

Your local Committee will keep you updated with plans for your event.

 

Date: 4th September 2021

 

Time: 11am (duration 24 hours)

 

Venue: Colchester Garrison Athletics Track, Circular Road North

 

Candle of Hope ceremony 9.30 - 10pm (please arrive 30 minutes before) Find out more

We ask that you and every member of your team aim to raise at least £200 towards life-saving research.

Start a team

Bring together family, friends or colleagues. Team Captains must be over 18, but anyone can join your team once registered.

Start a team

Join a team

Already know a Team Captain? No matter how old you are, you can join their team and together you can watch your fundraising total grow!

Join a team

Survivor

Anyone who has ever lived with cancer is invited to join as a Survivor, and to include someone who has supported them through their cancer experience.

Take part as a Survivor

Fundraising total

Relay For Life Colchester
of Goal
10,324 Raised 730.97 Gift Aid
29,000.00
Goal: 29,000.00

Donate to this Relay

Our top teams

1
(2,688.93)
2
(2,431.09)
3
(1,883.96)
6
(263.00)
7
(260.97)
8
(226.32)
9
(138.13)
10
(135.00)

Relay For Life is a family festival celebrating the power of community fundraising in the fight to beat cancer. Teams fundraise for life-saving cancer research then unite as a community to honour everyone who has been affected by cancer.

Your local Committee will keep you updated with plans for your event.

Relay For Life takes place across the UK and there are thousands more around the world.

Entry is free, simply join your local Relay by starting a team, joining a team or by taking part as a survivor.

The Candle of Hope ceremony is a poignant part of Relay For Life. As darkness falls, dedicated candles are lit to honour every life touched by cancer.

Everyone is invited to dedicate a candle to someone no longer with us, a friend or family member living with cancer, a loved one who has survived, or hope for the future - a world where all cancers are cured.

The Candle of Hope ceremony brings together your local community for a moment of quiet remembrance, reflection and celebration.

To dedicate a candle ahead of the night, please contact:

Shirley Cochrane

Email: shirleycochrane@btinternet.com

You can sign up to attend the Candle of Hope ceremony here

Each Relay is organised by a dedicated local volunteer committee. Teams, cancer survivors and volunteers come together to show that together, we're stronger than cancer.

At a Relay For Life event there are special moments that bring everyone together:

  • Our special guests are our survivors of cancer. Each event begins with their Lap of Honour.
  • Teams take it in turns to walk around a track for the duration of the event to show the power of community spirit in the fight to beat cancer.
  • The sharing of information about Cancer Research UK's ground-breaking science in cancer prevention gives us real hope for the future.
  • Music, games and fundraising stalls are fun for the whole family.
  • A closing ceremony celebrates our achievements and inspires us all to continue the fight.

Your local Committee will keep you updated with plans for your event.

Team up with family, friends and colleagues then join Relay For Life and start raising money to beat cancer. Anybody can join in, regardless of age or fitness level. Relays are fun for all the family and everyone is welcome!

Start a team

Bring together family, friends or colleagues. Why not get the kids involved too? Set a team goal and lead your team to fundraising success. Team Captains must be over 18, but anyone can join your team once registered.

Join a team

Know someone who's starting a team? Join and get them off to a great start. Encourage others to do the same!

Take part as a Survivor

Anyone who has ever lived with cancer is welcome to join Relay For Life as a survivor. You're welcome to invite someone who has supported you through your cancer experience to join the celebrations too.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

This venue is suitable for wheelchair users.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, the venue is dog-friendly.

What's the nearest station?

The nearest station is Colchester Town Station. Please check public transport before you travel.

Is there parking?

Yes, parking is available.

Can I buy food and drinks on the day?

Yes, you can. You are also welcome to bring along any food and drinks that you might like with you.

What happens if it rains?

We will Relay on! Please come prepared for wet and cold weather.

What do I need to bring with me?

A tent, sleeping bag, any food and drinks that you might like, your Relay t-shirt, a chair, sun cream, an umbrella (just in case!), warm clothes, spare socks and shoes and any materials that you need for your fundraising stall (e.g. a gazebo and trestle table).

In 2019, Relay For Life raised over 2 million for life-saving cancer research. Take a look at the research that the money you raise will help to fund.

Where your money goes

If you, or someone close to you, has cancer, you might feel especially worried about the virus. The NHS and the governments (both UK and devolved) have put together guidance on these issues which we have summarised here.

Cathy & Bob’s story

'I went to my first Relay in 2015. It was a wonderful experience, where both my husband, Bob and I cried our eyes out at the Candle of Hope ceremony. A year later we were both diagnosed with cancer. Undergoing treatment together made us more determined and since receiving the all clear we've proudly attended as Relay survivors. We are hooked by the inspirational community spirit and life-long friendships we've made.'

Take part as a Survivor

Your local Committee

Each Relay is led by a group of committed volunteers. If you have questions about the event, or your fundraising, you can contact your local Event Chair directly:
Ken Taylor Phone: 07853281491 Email: ken.colchesterrelay@yahoo.com

Need help fundraising?

Relay For Life is the celebration of community fundraising and a chance to unite your friends and family with one common goal - to beat cancer.

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Contact us

If you'd like to register by phone, have any questions about Relay For Life or need help with the website, please contact us on:

Email: contact@relayforlife.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 1026 (open Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm)