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Relay for Life set for late May

The Relay for Life in Shetland has raised over £1 million for Cancer Research UK.

NEXT year’s Relay for Life fundraiser will take place on 26 May.

The location for the biennial charity event, which has seen Shetland raise over £1,138,000 for Cancer Research UK since 2006, has yet to be confirmed.

Relay for Life organisers sought the thoughts of the public earlier this year over fears that the usual late May date would clash with other events in 2018.

However, 43 per cent of respondents agreed that it should continue to be held in late May.

The committee will now work with the community through meetings and workshops in the coming months to encourage team participation and to help with fundraising ideas.

Those who are thinking of taking part are encouraged to fundraise as soon as possible.

Local committee chairman Martin Henderson said the results of the public feedback were being used to plan future years.

“We were aware that there were a number of other events taking place in Shetland around that time, so we thought it best to solicit public opinion as regards its timing and how it should be planned, developed and structured in future,” he said.

“As a result, we have decided to retain the historical timing of the event – being the last weekend in May – while the committee are currently considering the feedback and suggestions we received via the survey regarding its format for future years.”

The fundraising drive generated over £183,000 for Cancer Research UK in 2016, while two years earlier a record-breaking total of more than £300,000 was achieved.

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