Relay raises £53,000 on the day

Some of those who took part

Some of those who took part

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A tremendous £53,166 was raised for Cancer Research UK at the 24-hour Relay for Life event at the weekend.

More than 400 people part took in the event, which was started with a lap of honour by cancer survivors and patients.

Event chairman Nicola Walkingshaw said: ‘We managed to raise a total on the day of £53,166, and we are still seeing donations, sponsorship and matched funding flooding in so we hope to reach our target of £65,000, to better our final total last year of over £63,000 for Cancer Research UK.

‘I am delighted to say that it is thanks to our wonderful community and the kindness of individuals and businesses that we continue to grow this event and the fundraising levels year on year.’

During the day there was a range of themed laps, a candle of hope ceremony as well as a chance to find out more about Cancer Research UK at an awareness stand.

Among those taking part were friends and family of Lucy Callow, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this month at the age of 20.

All the funds raised in the island go directly to cancer research in centres that treat Isle of Man-based patients.

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