Friday 24 May 2024
 11.5°C   NNE Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Community / Relay for Life total tops £130k

Outgoing chair Martin Henderson and his replacement Kerry Llewellyn. All photos: Shetland Relay for Life

MORE than £130,000 has been raised for Cancer Research by this year’s Shetland Relay for Life.

The total was revealed at an event in the Sound Hall tonight (Friday).

The final figure in full was £134,614.87. The main relay event took place at the Clickimin back in May for the first time since 2018.

Friday’s event also saw various relay trophies awarded on the night to pay tribute to those who went above and beyond.

The Island Games Super Supporters received the Alan Slater trophy for the team that raised the most money at the Relay, bringing in £7,346.16. 

The Island Games Super Supporters team.

The Hughson trophy for the individual that raised the most money went to young Livia Polson, who raised £3,060 mainly from her Cartwheelathon in memory of her grandmother.

The John Gear trophy, celebrating the Spirit of the Relay, went to Gillian Smith for her dedication, encouragement, bake sales, rhubarb honesty bucket and leadership, while there was a special mention to Lauren Tulloch for her completion of the survivors’ lap.

Livia Polson.

Martin Henderson, who stood down as chair of the relay committee at the event, said: “For Shetland to have raised £134,614.87 over the last 12 months is an incredible achievement.

“Since the Relay was launched in Shetland in 2006 our community has raised £1,572,950.96, this is an incredible total and celebrates the generosity that Shetland is so well known for.

“I am so grateful for the support we get from local businesses and the work my colleagues on committee do year-round to make the various fundraising events happen.

“Most of all I am so grateful for the Relayer’s participation on what ended up being a very cold evening in May”.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 
Gillian Smith.

Incoming chair Kerry Llewellyn added: “With only £427,049.04 needed over the next two years for Shetland to have raised £2 million I am looking forward to supporting that effort.

“Cancer continues to impact us all and every pound raised helps CRUK to save lives through research, influence and information.

“I want to thank Martin for all the work he has done leading the committee through a very challenging time, his joy and humour is inspiring and I am grateful he has agreed to continue as a committee member.

“The next relay is being planned for Saturday 25th May 2024 but the fundraising effort never stops.”

Meanwhile the Queen was a patron of Cancer Research UK. Its chair Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said “she kindly supported us over the years, opening our laboratories and institutes which are an integral part of the charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer”.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.