Support Cancer Research UK with a spring clear-out

PEOPLE living within the Kirriemuir/Forfar area, and further afield, are being urged to clean out their cupboards to support the forthcoming Cancer Research UK Kirriemuir Relay for Life due to take place over 24 hours on August 13 and 14 at the Kirriemuir Show Field, Muirhead of Logie, Kirriemuir.

Teams of between eight and 15 people enter the relay, and members take it in turns to walk around the track over the 24 hour period, amidst a carnival atmosphere of a fun packed entertainment programme.

The Relay, a 24 hour community event, brings together the whole community in one location to celebrate the increasing numbers of people who survive cancer, support those who are currently going through the cancer journey, remember those who have passed away, and raise cancer awareness.

Keith Hopkins, chairman told us: “We are absolutely delighted with the response to this year’s Relay for Life, with 30 teams already committed to participation.

“We would of course very much welcome additional teams, as we have moved venue this year in attempt to accommodate additional teams, having had to close registration at the previous event in 2009.

“Teams are already planning their involvement in the event, with teams ranging from ‘The Auld Stiffies’ to the ‘Zumba Wiggle Walkers.

“The 24 hours entertainment programme is taking shape, with great support from DD8, which will bring some new musical talent to the event.

“There is always something going on over the 24 hours and this is “Kirrie’s best community party ever” I have been told on more than one occasion.

“A great way to have loads of fun and raise money for something so important.”

Filling donation bags with goods for sale in the local Cancer Research UK stores contributes greatly to the fund-raising for the Relay for Life with £30 added to the fundraising total for every bag donated.

Keith Hopkins continued: “On the day of the Royal Wedding no doubt those on holiday will be looking for something to do.

“Why not have a good old “clear out”, spring clean and turn out those unwanted clothes and goods which you have been wanting to throw out for so long. Bag them up and clear them out!

“Teams have been donating bags to the local Cancer Research store in Forfar for a number of weeks already, so we know the ‘clear out’ has started.

“However, we are aware that not everyone has transport to take bags to Forfar, so we are delighted to announce a local drop off point in Kirriemuir.”

A storage facility has been made available by courtesy of Strathearn Funeral Directors, 29 Roods, (next to the Roods Co-op) in Kirriemuir to collect local donations from Saturday, April 30.

“Full donation bags can be dropped off at Strathearn’s between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday to Friday,” continues Keith.

“In addition one of the Relay for Life committee will be available on a Saturday morning between 10 am and 11 am at the store, right next door to Strathearn’s main building, to receive full bags, issue donation bags and answer any general questions people may have about the Relay for Life.

“We would welcome donations of good quality clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and CDs. Unfortunately we cannot accept electrical goods, videos or products with safety kite marks such as infant car seats, safety helmets, etc.

“We are very grateful to Strathearn Funeral Directors for supporting the Relay for Life and would ask the public to use this as an excuse to tidy out that cupboard or attic. People, wherever they live, can continue to take bags to the Cancer Research shop in Castle Street in Forfar”.

In conclusion Keith added: “We hope this recent addition gives everyone the chance to get involved.

“You do not have to be part of a team to do this, anyone can. There won’t be many but should people require goods to be collected I would ask them to call Rhona Guild.”

For further information about Kirriemuir Relay for Life or the donation of goods contact, Rhona Guild, secretary, on 07971 454626 or Keith Hopkins, chair, on 07715 052718.