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Community / ‘Virtual’ Relay for Life fundraising kicks off

An image from a previous Relay for Life event in Lerwick. Photo: Shetland Relay for Life

THREE months of fundraising for Cancer Research UK has begun to replace the biennial Shetland Relay for Life, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All relay teams are asked to do what they can to get the cash rolling in, with a prize on offer for the team which raises the most money by the end of July.

The committee is also keen to ensure that key elements of the Relay go ahead on Saturday 29 May, and it said the survivors’ event is an “important celebration”.

Any survivors who want to take part in a fun video are asked to contact Sarah Moore by emailing

People involved will not need to say anything, and they just have to be available in the first two weeks of May for about five minutes.

The poignant candle of hope ceremony is also set to take place, but in a different format.

People are still asked to decorate candle bags in memory of loved ones or to celebrate survivors, but light them on their doorstep, in their garden or in their window on Saturday 29 May at 10pm.

Relay team captains/individuals can get candle bags to distribute to their team members for a suggested donation of £5 from any committee member, via the Relay for Life Facebook page or Messenger, or by emailing

Living Lerwick has also offered to help raise awareness of the different types of cancer with a children’s competition which comes with the prize of a Harry’s voucher.

Throughout May shop windows on the street will be dressed in various colours that represent different cancers.

Forms can be picked up and returned to Begg’s Shoes.

Living Lerwick chairman Steve Mathieson said: “It is great to be working in partnership with the Shetland Relay Team to raise cancer awareness as well as encouraging people to visit da street and shop local.”

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Shetland Relay for Life chairman Martin Henderson added that “every penny we raise for CRUK will go towards developing lifesaving research”.

“I’m grateful to the rest of the committee for the work they have done to ensure we can have a ‘virtual’ relay and I am excited to see what our teams do to maximise their fundraising,” he said.

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