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.
1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime. 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.
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) Find out more
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
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 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 are Relays taking place across the UK and 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:
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 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).
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.'
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)