Olympic torch will join runners at Great Yarmouth Relay for Life
PUBLISHED: 08:30 20 July 2012
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AN ADDED sporting attraction will entertain the crowds at Great Yarmouth’s annual Relay For Life this weekend when one of the Olympic torches makes an appearance.
Linda Sedgwick, who is taking part in the fundraising race, was one of 11 torchbearers who ran through the town and will be bringing her golden piece of Games memorabilia with her, to help boost the coffers for Cancer Research UK.
She will be offering visitors the chance to have their picture taken with her torch when the relay sets off tomorrow (Saturday).
Linda said: “I was really taken with the enthusiasm of the crowds that flocked to see the torch relay and thought that offering people the chance to have their photograph taken with a torch at the Relay for Life was a novel way to help raise more money.”
The 43-year-old is captain of the Here Come the Girls team, which has been busily raising money for the cancer charity ahead of tomorrow’s relay.
She added: “I am hoping that an Olympic torch appearance may make people turn out and support this worthwhile event. We will be looking for a minimum donation of £1 for each photograph.”
The Great Yarmouth relay - the only one of 37 nationwide events to be taking place in Norfolk - has been running in the town since 2008 and raised a whopping £150,000 in the last three years.
Organisers are hoping 2012’s event will be the most successful yet and beat last year’s total of £49,000, and are appealing for spectators to turn out and cheer the 15 teams of racers, who will walk the course continuously in relay for 20 hours.
Jayne King, chairman of the Great Yarmouth relay, said: “I am really very proud of the fundraising efforts of the teams in the run up to the relay weekend but the focus now is on the relay event itself and we are looking for as many people as possible to come along and support the teams as they walk the course.
“There will be plenty of activities and entertainment to enjoy throughout the event and it would be a marvellous boost to the teams’ morale if the public came out in numbers to support and add funds to the event.”
“It really is great fun but with the knowledge that we are all really making a difference,” she added.
The race is being held at Cliff Park Junior School in Gorleston and kicks off at 1pm with the inspiring survivors lap of honour where people who have beaten cancer will lead the teams in the first lap.
At dusk the racers will gather for the candle of hope ceremony to pay tribute to those whose life have been affected by cancer. Candles held in decorated bags filled with sand will be lit in remembrance of loved ones and light the track for the teams as they continue into the night.
The relay finishes at 9am on Sunday.