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Relay’s final total a ‘staggering achievement’

NEARLY £200,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK thanks to this year’s Shetland Relay For Life.

The full total, revealed at a ‘thank you’ evening in Lerwick on Wednesday, came to £190,217.

This means that since the first biennial relay in 2006, Shetland has raised over £1.3 million for the charity.

Shetland Relay committee chairman Martin Henderson said this year’s total was “another staggering figure and achievement”.

Over £126,000 was raised via May’s relay itself, with the rest coming in through extra donations.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody concerned, and who, in any way whatsoever, helped raise these vital funds to go towards cancer research projects within Scotland,” Henderson added.

“It was nothing short of a fantastic effort from all involved – the various teams, businesses and other sponsors, community groups and organisations and, of course, our many volunteers, without whom the event itself would not be possible.”

The Alan Slater memorial trophy for the team which raised the most money this year was given to Skuveganer, who raised £11,567.40.

The John Gear trophy, which honours individuals within teams who had demonstrated “great commitment, enthusiasm and effort” to fundraising, was given jointly to Skuveganers’ Angela Thompson and Paula Manson of Jimbob’s Side.