Posted on: Friday 9 June 2023
Pontypool Park is gearing up for its sixth Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Event, happening in just over a weeks' time!
Mark your calendars for the big day on Saturday 17th June, which kicks off at 10:30 am and will be officially opened by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP and Leader of Torfaen Council, Cllr Anthony Hunt.
This year's relay will feature 20 local teams, who will gather to relay around the track for a full 24 hours. Accompanied by their teammates, they will set up camp and be treated to entertainment from various community groups, entertainers, and SW20 Radio.
This event is open to the public, so visitors can soak up the electric atmosphere, show support for the teams and enjoy the fifty craft and sweet stalls, brought to you by GW Crafters.
At 9:30pm, Relay for Life will briefly pause for the Candle of Hope ceremony, where all survivors, relayers, supporters, and visitors are invited to gather at the bandstand in the park to pay tribute to every life touched by cancer.
Candle Bags will be available for decoration and dedication, honouring those lost, those on their cancer journey, or celebrating survivors. Bags are available for collection up until 7pm.
Leanne Powell, Volunteer Event Chair for Cancer Research UK, said: "On behalf of the charity, we are really excited that Relay is now only a week away. With final preparations well underway, it would be really great for the local community to come out and support all our relayers, who give up so much of their time to fundraise for this much needed cause.”
Leader of Torfaen Council, Councillor Anthony Hunt, who will also be taking part in the relay, said: "The council is thrilled to support this year’s Pontypool Relay for Life event in Pontypool Park. This incredible community initiative brings together our residents, local teams, and Cancer Research UK in the fight against cancer.
“I commend the organisers for their dedication and the significant funds raised for cancer research. Let's join forces as a community and make a real difference in the battle against this devastating disease. I encourage everyone to mark their calendars for the 17th of June and come together for a day of unity, hope, and celebration.”
Since its launch in 2016, this incredible community event has already raised an astounding £352,000 for Cancer Research.
For full event details, visit www.pontypoolrelay.co.uk