Clacton: Fundraisers and survivors get set for massive Relay for Life event

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Lily Huxham and granddad Tony Unsworth Lily Huxham and granddad Tony Unsworth

FUNDRAISERS and survivors will join forces to walk through the night to boost the fight against cancer.

Hundreds of competitors are set to take part in the annual Relay for Life event in Clacton.

Teams of walkers will test their legs to the limit, walking around a track in a 24-hour relay challenge to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

More than 60 of the walkers are cancer survivors from around the area.

Survivor Cherry Taylor, 59, is getting set to take part in the event and will even have her head shaved on stage to boost the final total.

Cherry was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011 and is now in her second year of remission.

She has already raised £855 in sponsorship for the head shave and will be joined on stage by eight year old Lily Huxham, whose granddad Tony is currently receiving treatment for prostate and skin cancer.

The youngster will have her long hair chopped short and hopes to raise more than £500 towards the cause.

The Relay for Life event will also include a massive fun day for those not walking the track, including a barbecue, stalls, raffles, bouncy castles, face painting, dancers and a beer tent.

Live entertainment will include special appearances from Luciee Closier from The Voice and Lydia Lucy from the X Factor.

Organisers are hoping to top the grand total of £64,000 raised at last year’s event.

The event will take place across July 5 and 6 at Alton Park Junior School.

Gates open at 11am on the Saturday – entry and parking is free.

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