Relay races raise money in memory of Phillip’s daughter

Phillip Jones and (inset) with his daughter Samantha
Phillip Jones and (inset) with his daughter Samantha
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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For taking part in a relay race for the past 15 years in memory of his daughter Samantha, this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner is Phillip Jones.

Phillip, 57, has been taking part in the Relay for Life event since it first started in 1997.

Phillip Jones with his daughter Samantha

Phillip Jones with his daughter Samantha

Over the years he has raised around £30,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Phillip, of Maxwell Road, Southsea, explained why he takes part each year.

He said: ‘My daughter Samantha passed away when she was 23, she had a tumour in the pelvis.

‘The Relay for Life event started in America, and when it came over here I decided I wanted to take part.

‘I like taking part in the relay – it’s something I plan to do until I can’t walk any more!’

The relay takes place each year at the Mountbatten Centre and sees teams of people walk around a circuit for 24 hours.

Phillip’s team is called Sammy’s Sealers – a title bringing together his daughter’s name and the company he works for.

A second team made up of friends of Samantha, called Sammy’s Friends, now also takes part in her memory.

David Bannister, Phillip’s brother-in-law, put him forward for a T-shirt.

David, 66, said: ‘Phillip has been taking part in the Relay for Life since it’s started.

‘In fact he’s the only one left from the beginning, and I think that’s commendable.

‘He’s done really well and it’s a great thing he does.’