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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”.

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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”.

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