Relay for Life North Devon launches with a push to purple up for World Cancer Day

Paint North Devon purple and help kick start the campaign for this year's Relay for Life event.

Thursday, February 4, is World Cancer Day and locally, organisers of the popular Relay event are naming it 'Paint North Devon Purple Day', urging schools, businesses and individuals to wear something mauve or maroon and raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Relay for Life North Devon returns to Barnstaple Rugby Club on the Saturday and Sunday of July 23-24.

Teams of eight to 15 will take turns to walk or run around the track throughout the 24-hour relay to show determination to beat cancer. The Gazette is official media sponsor.

There will be stalls, entertainment and music and it will begin with a parade from Barnstaple High Street to the rugby club.

Chairman Lisa Mackenzie said there were already 15 teams registered to take part.

* If your organisation wants to take part in Paint North Devon Purple Day, or Relay for Life, email chair.ndrelay@gmail.com or call Lisa on 07725 145781.

* Wear purple on Feb 4 and text RLND50 £1 to 70070.

* Register a team at relay.cancerresearchuk.org