Cancer charity calling on Horsham to rally for relay

Horsham Relay for Life
Horsham Relay for Life

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is calling on the Horsham and West Sussex community to rally together with friends and family and put together a team for this year’s Relay For Life.

Teams of between eight to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks of life are needed to take part in the 24 hour Relay For Life at Horsham Rugby Club, over the weekend of 24th and 25th May 2014.

Cancer Research UK are encouraging friends, family and work colleagues to get together and enter Relay For Life, a unique celebration of life and hope which unites communities to help beat cancer.

During the Relay team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer. As Relay For Life is non-stop through the night, those team members not on the track can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by.

Nine teams have already registered with a total of 18 participating in last year’s event.

Teams arrange fundraising events throughout the year leading up to the event before joining together for the actual relay.

A local volunteer committee are on hand to support any new teams who want to find out more, get some fundraising ideas or simply register their interest.

Volunteer committee Chair Tracy White is looking forward to welcoming new teams to Relay For Life Horsham: “Relay For Life is a fantastic family event. Last year, we raised an amazing £30,500 for CRUK - this year we hope to raise over £40,000 - so the more teams we have, the more achievable this goal will be!

“We have so many plans for the event already and a great schedule of family entertainment - so please come and help us with our FUNdraising - encourage your family, friends and work colleagues. EVERYONE is welcome!”

Some of the teams have got off to a flying fundraising start, Horsham Rugby Club have raised hundreds of pounds at their launch party and Xmas Fayre.

The rugby club are also hosting a traditional Burns Night and Ceillah on Saturday 18th January with tickets priced at £10 and available for purchase from the club.

Returning team Mocha Trotters are planning a quiz night for all at Coolham Village Hall on Saturday 1st March, contact for more info. A

lso back again team Seaside Shiners are seeking local businesses to support their charity Race Night on Saturday 26th April 2014. For £20.00 you can sponsor a race and in return get an A5 ad in the programme and name six horses in your race. E-mail for details.

Monies raised for Relay For Life are poured into Cancer Research UK’s vital work, which means more people are surviving cancer than ever before. Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and the charity’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

But despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK. Cancer Research UK wants to change that and needs the help of people in West Sussex to help save many more lives.

For more information on how to get involved with Relay For Life Horsham, please e-mail Team Recruiter Jess Randyll or Helen Mole at

Follow Relay For Life Horsham’s progress on twitter @RelayHorsham or like us on Facebook at Relay For Life, Horsham.

Report and pictures contributed by Cancer Research UK.