The annual event which raises funds for Cancer Research UK will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July at the FB Fields, St Clement, Jersey. Since joining forces with the charity in 2014, Equiom and Relay have raised over £170,000 and this year, they’ve set a record-breaking fundraising target of £65,000.

The relay event invites teams of eight to 15 people to raise funds through sponsorship for Cancer Research UK by walking in relay continuously for 24 hours.

Richard Tribe, Head of Business Development at Equiom and ‘Relay for Life Jersey’ Committee member said of the partnership:

‘Relay for Life is a fantastic family event which brings the whole community together for a very special occasion. The event is very much a celebration of life, with music and games adding to the celebratory spirit. The momentum is carried throughout the 24 hour challenge with a variety of entertainment through the day and into the night. From experience, the atmosphere is terrific and everyone’s energy brings something really special to the day. Relay is intended to celebrate those who have beaten cancer, support those who are currently on their cancer journey and remember those we have lost.’

Channel Island residents will benefit directly from Relay for Life Jersey, as fundraising efforts go straight to Cancer Research UK’s Research Centre based at Southampton Hospital.

Alison Hand, Committee member and Team Chair explained:

‘Should an individual be diagnosed with cancer in the Channel Islands, they are likely to visit Southampton at some point during their cancer journey for treatment and/or appointments. This is also the place where they may be offered a clinical trial, should this be appropriate for their particular cancer. Supporters of Relay for Life Jersey will help to fund local research which will one day benefit Channel Islanders directly.’

As always, the Relay weekend will open with a Survivors’ Lap of Honour involving local people who have beaten cancer, supported by congratulatory cheers of encouragement from fellow participants and members of the community.

The Relay Committee has set a target of 25 teams of approximately 10 people, with a goal to raise £65,000 for Cancer Research UK.

To sign up, visit the Jersey Relay page on the Cancer Research UK website or on Facebook.