Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Cancer will affect 1 in 2 of us over a lifetime. CRUK spearhead pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and help to save millions of lives.

Over the past 40 years researchers have made great progress in the fight against cancer, and survival rates have now doubled: from studies of the intricate workings of molecules within cells to the results of large-scale clinical trials of treatments, every result helps to deepen the understanding of cancer and find new ways to eradicate it.

However, this lifesaving work primarily relies on donations, and that’s where YOU come in! Remember, cancer not only affects the person diagnosed with it, but family and friends too.

Get involved and help us save more lives still.

CRUK’S Relay For Life

CRUK’s Relay For Life is a year-round team fundraising challenge bringing communities together to beat cancer.

Teams of family and friends fundraise for life-saving cancer research in a 12-hour celebration to show that together we are stronger than cancer.

Shetland’s Relay

Shetland as a community can boast an incredible track-record when it comes to fundraising for charitable causes.

Cancer Reseach UK is a charity particularly close to the community's heart, as demonstrated by the amazing response to its biennial Relay for Life. The event involves teams of participants walking in relay throughout the appointed night – from 8pm to 8am – signifying that cancer never sleeps.

The first Shetland Relay was held in 2006, and since then just over £1,700,000 has been raised during just nine events.

The event has two primary aims:

  1. To raise money for ongoing research into finding a cure for cancer.
  2. To raise awareness about the disease.

The Relay event will be held at the Clickimin Centre, taking place on Saturday the 25th May 2024. All monies raised this year will remain in Scotland, and be put toward ongoing research there.

So why not join us to support this worthy cause, have some fun and help to save more lives.

See the Teams page of this website re how to register YOUR team for this event!

Hopefully see you there!

What to expect at, and as part of, Shetland's CRUK Relay for Life

  • A Family Day and night.
  • An Official opening ceremony at 12 noon.
  • Survivors lap: when survivors and people currently affected by cancer walk the track to be cheered and supported by everyone in attendance;
  • After the survivors lap, other teams take to the track to begin the 12 hour marathon walk / celebration.
  • Team members take turns walking from 12 noon till midnight.
  • When not walking, team members can relax, participate in the entertainment programme (live music and all manner of other activities in the surrounding area), visit the many stalls and food / refreshment outlets, plus catch up with friends – both old and new.
  • Once the sun goes down, the events Candle of Hope ceremony will take place and the many candle bags will be lit around the track, together with the events' famous Hope & Cure sign.
  • Closing ceremony – where we recognise the volunteers who run the event, our survivors, plus the teams and their fundraising efforts.

Outwith the Relay, there are a whole host of other associated fundraising events around Shetland - find out more on our Events page. Tickets for the offical raffle - with lots of amazing prizes - are sold by registered teams on behalf of CRUK.

To find out more details on this, and the event in general, please read on through this website or get in touch with any committee member.

Event Layout

This years event layout at the Clickimin Centre will be updated once finalised for team information. Please note this may be subject to change.