Moving start to Relay for Life in Portsmouth

The Luscious Lux team from the Portsmouth area who have all lost someone to cancer 'enjoy the day. (left to right), Carolyne Poole, Michelle Herman, Susan Lucking, Lynne Harfield. [07795417426]'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131970-2)
The Luscious Lux team from the Portsmouth area who have all lost someone to cancer 'enjoy the day. (left to right), Carolyne Poole, Michelle Herman, Susan Lucking, Lynne Harfield. [07795417426]'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131970-2)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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CANCER survivors of all ages launched a fun-filled relay walk with a moving lap of honour.

The 17th annual Relay for Life event took place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth this weekend.

The 24-hour relay saw teams of people take it in turns to walk around the running track at the centre, all to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

It began with a survivors’ lap, where those who have beaten cancer walked a lap in front of their friends and family.

One of those who walked the survivors’ lap was Ann Stoyles, 54, of Privett Drive in Gosport.

She said: ‘I started a group here called The Pink Ladies after I had breast cancer some years ago.

‘It really is a wonderful event and you meet some very nice people.

‘We’ve been coming back every year since.

‘It’s like one big family here. Anyone who hasn’t done it before should come along next year and give it a try.’

The event ran from 12pm on Saturday, and all through the night until 12pm on Sunday.

It finished with every member of each team walking a lap together to celebrate their big achievement.

While the relay went on, there was entertainment and food for those taking part.

A number of special guests stopped by to wish the walkers well, including the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg.

Sandy Parkinson is one of the event organisers.

She said: ‘It’s been absolutely fantastic this year. In the past it has always been very wet so to be blessed with the sunshine this year has been very nice for our 
walkers.

‘The Relay for Life, which is different to the Race for Life, has been going for 17 years but many people in Portsmouth still don’t actually know about it.’

The total amount of money raised from the event it still being counted but organisers say they have raised more than £50,000.

Visit relay.cancerresearchuk.org.