Station Ops Flight’s 24hr relay against Cancer

What? Relay for Life is an inspirational 24 hour event that honours cancer survivors and celebrates life.  Whether you raise money through coffee mornings, karaoke, or something more challenging, you can be sure that it’s going towards life-saving work.


Why? Team up with friends and family to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  Make a difference and save lives.  Relay for Life Lincoln is now in its 4th year and in the last 3 years teams have raised over £130,000.  Planning for Relay 2014 is already underway.


Who are we? This is the 2nd year that RAF Coningsby Stn Ops have entered a team to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  The Coningsby Crawlers comprised of FS Wendy Robertson, Sgt Pete Thomson, Sgt Michelle Ridgway, Cpl Jamie Pitts (Team captain), and SAC Natalie Alway plus family and friends.

When? The Relay itself is an annual event held over a weekend in July, but there are many ongoing fund raising efforts being held throughout the year, such as coffee mornings, cake sales, quiz nights, table top events, band nights and even bag packing at supermarkets!


Where? This year’s relay event was held at the William Farr School, Welton, Lincoln.

Highlights This year’s weather was definitely an improvement after the floods of 2012.  Although it was colder after the previous week’s heat wave, all participants wrapped up and carried on walking.  After introductions to the Committee, a warm up session was held to motivate all the members before they set off.

The first lap was led by the cancer survivors, followed by 41 teams, complete with their banners, two of which were from RAF Cranwell and RAF Waddington.  Being a relay there must be at least one member of the team walking round the track at any one time.  The benefits of which give participants time to rest and with a shift system in place all can try and get some shut eye though the night.

Another highlight was the BBMF Dakota flypast which always lifts everyone’s spirits and usually brings the event to a stand still!

A 24 hour relay is achieved by the sheer commitment of all the teams who are motivated by the various entertainment throughout the relay.  Several live bands performed including school bands from William Farr and there were various fancy dress laps which always prove entertaining!  Each team also provided a stall with a product or service including raffles and tombola’s to help raise more funds.  There were also more challenging stalls such as water games, a climbing wall, and plenty of inflatables for the children (and some adults!)  Also available were foot massages and pampering, flower arranging and craft stalls.

At 10pm the Relay stops for the Candle of Hope Ceremony, where poems and songs were followed by a fireworks display.  Motivation through the night was supported with hot soup and shift work through the dark wet hours, with bacon butties to kick start the new dawn.  The latter hours of the relay comprised of final laps with banners, and a Closing ceremony with the release of 10 white doves and a time for all to reflect on their achievement and what this will bring to others.

So Far… Relay for Life Lincoln has managed to raise in excess of £35k this year!

Interested? If anyone is interested, please contact CRUK Relay for Life Lincoln Committee member FS Wendy Robertson Air Ops Ext 7658 or take a look at the website