CANCER Research UK’s Relay for Life has been cancelled in North Devon after a lack of teams mean this year’s event was “unviable”.
However, organisers have announced that a celebratory evening will be held in its place.
In an announcement on the event’s Facebook page, organisers said although the decision to cancel the relay had been taken “with much sadness and regret”, they were keen to continue to honour the memories of loved ones.
Clive Pedwell, Cancer Research UK’s fundraising manager for North Devon explained: “We are encouraging teams who have signed up for the relay to continue to support our life-saving research by keeping the date in their diary on June 7.
“Readings will take place, the candle of hope ceremony will be featured which will remember loved ones lost to cancer and there will be music, food and presentations on the night as well as a raffle.
“The evening is to mark a celebration of the Relay For Life history in Braunton, it’s supporters over recent years, the survivors, current and former volunteers, and people who have contributed in many ways.”
Since its launch in 2008 the event has raised nearly £100,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Although next week’s event will focus on celebrating life rather than fundraising, more than £5,000 has already been raised for Cancer Research UK in the run up to the planned relay.
Mr Pedwell said: “I would like to thank all the supporters who have worked hard to bring together this evening event and although the 24-hour Relay will not be taking place, we feel this is a fitting tribute to all the hard work the people in North Devon have achieved.”
The celebratory event will be held at the Isaac Hall in Braunton on Saturday, June 7.
For more information visit www.northdevonrelayforlife.com