Leek to host Cancer Research Relay For Life in 2020

The first ever Relay for Life in North Staffordshire, will take place in Leek on Saturday 4 July at Birchall Playing Fields. There are currently fewer than 50 of these fundraising events across the UK, so it is a real coup for Leek to be hosting one.

Relay for Life – North Staffordshire is an opportunity for communities to come together to raise money to help to beat cancer.  The relay itself is made up of teams of friends, family and or colleagues, who commit to raising sponsorship both prior to and at the actual event. Teams will then come together for a fun day and night of celebration, held on July 4th and 5th.

Over the 24 hours, one or more members of each team must be on the track either, walking, jogging or wheel chairing at all times. The reason for this is that cancer never sleeps so the event aims to act in solidarity with those diagnosed, who have lost someone, who care for someone, or who are committed to researching better treatment and cures for the UK’s biggest killer – Cancer.

Organiser Jane Wilde said: “Its really exciting that Leek is one of only 50 venues across the UK hosting Relay For Life. We are looking for as many groups as possible from businesses, schools, families, community organisations etc to put together a team.

“Everyone is touched by cancer and the event offers a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and make a positive contribution to beating cancer. Although it’s a poignant message the emphasis is on fun and of course raising lots of money for Cancer Research.”

A poignant Candle of Hope ceremony will take place at dusk, where candles will be lit and participants will all pause to remember those lost to cancer.

The 24 hours will be a combination of fun, fundraising, celebration and a chance to remember lost loved ones, a stark reminder of just how important our fundraising is.

Organisers are looking for teams of all ages which will bring together 12 or more friends, family or colleagues.


Anyone who has ever heard the words “you have cancer” is invited to join Relay For Life as VIP guest, and to lead the walk by taking part in the Survivors’ Lap of Honour. Survivors are encouraged to invite someone who has looked after them or been a friend during their illness, to join the celebrations.

For more information visit Facebook – Relay For life – North Staffordshire

Or Contact Jane Wilde – jane.elizabeth1106@gmail.com