Jarrow charity event celebrates 10th anniversary by smashing £100,000 fundraising target

Jarrow Relay For Life reaches �103,000. From left Cancer Research UK fundraiser Rachel McGregor, Relay for Life chair Ann Walsh and  Cancer Research UK fundraiser Carolyn Reynolds
Jarrow Relay For Life reaches �103,000. From left Cancer Research UK fundraiser Rachel McGregor, Relay for Life chair Ann Walsh and Cancer Research UK fundraiser Carolyn Reynolds

An annual fundraising event has smashed its £100,000 target for the year.

Cancer Research UK’s Jarrow Relay for Life celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

To mark the milestone, chair Ann Walsh set the challenge of raising a whopping £100,000 – and the people of the borough have delivered.

The event runs at Monkton Stadium, in Dene Terrace, each year.

As fundraising for the year closed, the final total came out at £103,000 – taking the 24-hour relay event’s overall fundraising total to more than £500,000.

Ann, from East Boldon, said: “It was such a massive target to set people. We raised £72,000 last year, so maybe £80,000 would have been a more realistic target but we wanted to do something big for the 10th year.

“We’ve had a few things that have given us a great boost this year, like World Cancer Day. That really took off in February.

“We had a lot of extra teams sign up this year as well, including some from Whitburn Academy, where I used to teach. It was like a little reunion with my old colleagues and pupils that I taught over 30 years ago – it was brilliant.”

This year also saw Ann, a mum-of-three, honoured with a prestigious British Empire Medal (BEM) for her inspiring fundraising work for Cancer Research UK.

She said: “Raising £100,000 this year has really put us on the map.

“A lot of the Relays down south raise that sort of money every year, but we’re not as well off here so to see people work so hard and be so generous is wonderful.

“What’s even more amazing is that the £103,000 we’ve raised this year has taken us over the half a million point since we began.”

She added: “The success of this event is really down to all the people who take part every year, those who hand over sponsorship and those who come down on the day to cheer everyone on – we can’t thank them enough.

“Whether you took part this year or not, you’ve all contributed to that amazing £500,000 total.”