Witney Relay for Life in support of Cancer Research UK
On the stroke of noon, 22 members of the Gray Institute began walking round a track drawn on the pitch of the Witney Rugby Club. They were composed of two teams led by Ester Hammond and Laura Phipps, one team from the Old Road Campus Research Building (Team Oxic) and one from the Radiobiology Research Institute. They walked for 24 hours, individual members taking shifts to finish the task. Between them they raised over £2,600 in sponsorship, Institute fundraising dinner and cake sales.
The Gray Institute teams also provided a scientific presence at the event, explaining our research and saying "thank you" to the people who support us.
In addition to the two science teams there were nine other groups walking including a team of cancer survivors. The weekend was blessed with beautiful weather and off-duty team members took part in a human table-football competition. The event was supported by Cancer Research UK Senior Nurse Sarah Lawrey and the local Army Cadets who both walked around and brought their marching band.
The event was covered by local TV and their coverage can be seen on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0E8zbwMUVw and features some lovely footage from the candle of hope ceremony held as the sun went down.