Hundreds take part in Relay for Life

The Relay for Life gets under way at the NSC.' Nearest the camera, Lucy Callow is pushed by Natalie Parker

The Relay for Life gets under way at the NSC.' Nearest the camera, Lucy Callow is pushed by Natalie Parker

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Teenager Lucy Callow joined hundreds who took part in the fourth Isle of Man Relay for Life over the weekend.

Teenager Lucy Callow joined hundreds who took part in the fourth Isle of Man Relay for Life over the weekend.

Lucy was featured on the front page of the Isle of Man Examiner on July 15 when she married her sweetheart, Nick Callow, in a moving ceremony at her hospital bedside at Noble’s Hospital.

Lesley Turnbull, of the ‘Wish Upon a Dream’ charity, said yesterday: ‘Lucy is still very poorly and undergoing treatment, but she is asking her friends and family to support the event and the charity.’

Lucy, 19 of Barrule Drive, in Onchan, was married on the same day she was told her cancer had returned.

Megan Hurst, aged 14, who goes to Bemahague School, took part in the event in honour of ‘her Pa’, Ray Beattie from Laxey, who died of cancer, and her friend’s Mum, cancer survivor, Louise Molyneux, who overcame breast cancer.

Megan walked for 18 hours and said: ‘It was tiring, but good fun and a brilliant atmosphere. There were more people doing it this year than ever.

‘There was also a family fun day yesterday and everyone made a bag in memory of their loved one, which was then displayed with a candle.’

More than 400 people and 37 teams took part in the 24-hour non-competitive relay at the National Sports Centre track, sponsored by Celton Manx.

The event raised funds for Cancer Research UK, now an Isle of Man registered charity, and the money raised will go towards centres, treatment and research which directly benefits island patients.

Samba Mann led the final lap around the NSC track.

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