PHENOMENAL, incredible and amazing were some of the words used to describe the efforts of hundreds of Foresters who raised record sums in Relay for Life’s tenth year.
Around 400 people descended on Lydney dressed as Lego characters, the Red Arrows, Superman, Wonder Woman and other superheroes to celebrate raising £87,000 during 2014 for Cancer Research UK.
Lynne Garner, who organises the fundraising event, which culminates in a wacky walk every summer, said funds were raised throughout the year in a number of ways, from summer fetes to epic bike rides across the country.
Mrs Garner, who hosted the event at Forest Leisure in Church Road over the weekend, said: “The people have always been amazing, but they stepped it up a gear or three this year. We had the most amazing celebration of hope and life.
“So far, £87,000 has been raised this year and that figure will rise. This sort of thing does not happen in the Forest and we have got to get the message across that This is an amazing sum of money that local people have raised and they went that extra mile to do so – you have to see it to believe it.”
Also taking part in Relay for Life were 63 cancer survivors.
“They are there to prove that more people than ever before are living with and surviving cancer,” Mrs Garner said. “They are living proof that raising money for research does work.. I don’t know of any other event in the Forest which raises this kind of money.”
The 400 participants, who were divided into 26 teams, wore a range of “mind-blowing” homemade costumes.
Mrs Garner said: “It was just so colourful; the sun was out and the atmosphere was incredible. People are already talking about taking part in next years’ event.”
A 14-strong Winged Wonders team raised £10,000 this year in memory of team member Jackie Harris’ 40-year-old sister Donna Hyndman, who played football for Cinderford and died after first contracting breast cancer in 2009.
Last year’s event raised £61,000 and more than £500,000 has been raised over the last decade.