About Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a community festival celebrating the power of fundraising in the fight to beat cancer. Teams fundraise for life-saving cancer research then unite at a weekend-long festival to honour everyone who has been affected by cancer.
The festival is focused around a 24-hour relay where team members take it in turns to walk around a track to show that together we will beat cancer. There will be music and activities throughout the 24 hour event and a Candle of Hope ceremony to honour every life touched by cancer. Dedicating candles 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.
Entry is free, simply join your local Relay by starting a team, joining a team or by taking part as a survivor.
1 in 2 people born in the UK after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime. Our research saves lives. 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 beat cancer.
Date: 2nd July 2022
Time: 11am (Duration 24 hours)
Venue: Colchester Garrison Athletics Track, Circular Road North
Candle of Hope ceremony 9:30pm (Duration 30 mins)
Start a team
Bring together family and friends and lead them to fundraising success! Team Captains must be over 18, but anyone can join your team once registered. You can also start a team as a Survivor here.Start a team
Join a team
Already know a Team Captain? No matter how old you are, you can join their team and fundraise together! Survivors, you can also sign up to be a Team Member here.Join a team
Anyone who has ever lived with cancer is invited to join as a Survivor, and to include someone who has supported them. If you want to take part as a Survivor in a team, join as a Team Member.Take part as a Survivor
Donate to this Relay
Relay For Life celebrates the power of community fundraising in the fight to beat cancer.
Teams of friends and family fundraise for life-saving cancer research then unite as a community at a weekend long festival to honour everyone who has been affected by cancer and celebrate the progress made in research.
The festival is focused around a 24 hour relay where team members take it in turns to complete laps to show that together, we’ll do whatever it takes to beat cancer. Relay For Life is for everyone no matter your age or abilities. Join your fellow Relayers on the track for 1 lap or 50. Even if the track isn’t the place for you, there are many ways to join your community and celebrate your fundraising achievements over the Relay weekend.r.
There are Relays taking place across the UK and thousands more around the world. Collectively, we remember loved ones we’ve lost and celebrate those who have survived.
Each Relay is organised by a dedicated local volunteer committee, to deliver an incredible event of celebration and remembrance. We honour Survivors of cancer, our special guests.
Enjoy a variety of games and music from local performers. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Hear about Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking science.
As darkness falls, the Relayers gather for the Candle of Hope ceremony. We light up the tracker with dedicated candles and take a moment to reflect and honour everyone affected by cancer. Finally, no Relay For Life is complete without the closing ceremony which celebrates our achievements and inspires us all to continue the fight.
Relay For life is part of an international movement, across 29 countries uniting in the worldwide fight against cancer.
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:
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 set up camp and 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.
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 8-15 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 invited to join Relay For Life. Survivors lead the festivities by taking part in the Lap of Honour. You're welcome to bring someone who has supported you through your illness 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).
Each year, Relay For Life raises over £2 million for life-saving cancer research. Every penny raised really makes a difference. For example, £4 can buy 100 plastic test tubes the understated tools of cancer-fighting experiments.
Cancer research UK runs Cancer Chat, our online, moderated discussion forum. This service is open 24/7 to anyone wanting to discuss any aspects on the disease. It costs around £200 to run CancerChat each day, a service that currently has around 400,000 members.
Take a look at the research that the money you raise will help fund. Where your money goes
‘At the age of 6 I was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I only remember the positive times in hospital. I made friends with a few children, they helped me and gave me tips about eating different things like fizzy sweets when having chemo so I couldn’t taste it. Now I'm 16 years old and taking part in Relay For Life is important to me because it enables me to help other young people become aware of childhood cancers and show how cancer treatments have made significant improvements and positive outcomes.’
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: 07853 281491 Email: email@example.com
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:
Telephone: 0300 123 1026 (open Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm)