Excited volunteers take part in

MORE than 150 energetic volunteers braved the rain in fancy dress to take part in the Cirencester Relay for Life. 

The annual event was held at the Cirencester Rugby Football Club on Saturday, July 22.

Relay For Life is a community festival which celebrates the power of fundraising in the fight to beat cancer. 

Teams fundraise for life-saving cancer research and then unite at a weekend-long festival to honour everyone who has been affected by cancer. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Relay for Life Cirencester Relay for Life (Image: Sharon Scrivens)

It is focused around a 24-hour relay where team members take it in turns to walk around a track. 

A group of cancer survivors also walk an ’emotional’ lap of the track to celebrate their achievements.

This year the survivors were treated to a brunch and received discount cards and gifts.

During the event there was also live music and a Candle of Hope ceremony to honour every life touched by cancer. 

This bustling and emotional event was organised by Sharon Scrivens, a volunteer at the rugby club. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cancer survivors at the Cirencester Relay for Life Cancer survivors at the Cirencester Relay for Life (Image: Sharon Scrivens)

Cirencester born Sharon lost her father to Leukaemia Cancer in 2000 and her son to Melanoma Cancer in 2014 and has been a dedicated fundraiser for Cancer Research UK for years.

Both her son and husband played for Cirencester Rugby Club so has close links with the club and said it was the perfect destination for this huge event.

Sharon said: “We are so lucky to live in Cirencester, its community spirit is so powerful.

“The bad weather didn’t manage to damper the spirits of the participants.

“This year’s event was really special, sometimes bad weather really brings the best out in people.

“It’s such an amazing event and we really want to get as many people involved as possible next year.

“You can choose to run, walk, skip, jump or hop it, you don’t need to be an athlete.

“Watching the cancer survivors do a lap of the track, and watching the candle of hope ceremony is really emotional.

“It is so powerful, it gives you time to think, reflect and honour the lives we have lost to cancer.

“A lot of people are too frightened to see a doctor if they suspect cancer but it is so important to catch it early.

“I want to encourage people to listen to their gut instinct and fight for that doctor’s appointment because your chances of survival are much higher if it is caught early.”

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