She declared: “This is a phenomenal amount to have raised and I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work.
“In the UK as a whole, last year we were able to give £351million to research into cancer, what causes it and how to treat it.
“Survival rates for cancer have doubled in recent years – it is research that kills cancer and the more money that we raise for research, the more lives can be saved.
“Over the next few years, research will be focusing on cancers that are difficult to treat such as lung cancer and pancreatic cancer and we are very lucky to have a research centre of the calibre of Dundee right on our doorstep.”
Ms Rodger added that since she had been working in the East Perthshire area, big-hearted residents have raised on average £15,000 a year for Cancer Research UK.
Councillor Bob Ellis, announced the winners of the prizes. He told the Blairie: “The event itself was a terrific 24 hours and I am really chuffed that such a fantastic amount of money has been raised.”
An open evening will be held later this year to discuss the future of the Relay for Life in Blairgowrie, the only event of its kind to be held in Perthshire.
The winning bid for the Relay for Life quilt, which was made by 55 local people through Lesley Naylor at the Fresh and Vintage shop on Leslie Street, was made by Janette Yates.
Friends of the Relay, who were thanked on the night, included Gayle Duncan, Councillor Bob Ellis, Donald Campbell, piper Harry McFadyen, the Strathmore Centre for Youth Development, Jillian Page from Something Special Flowers, Shari Sidley and Jess Bergin.