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Darwen friends give up alcohol for charity

A GROUP of 12 friends have raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research by giving up alcohol in support of a friend.

The women, who all live in Darwen, have joined the Dryathlon charity push to raise charity cash, while also improving their health.

A friend of the group had been diagnosed with cervical cancer but was recently told a secondary cancer had developed.

So far, £1,002 has been raised by the ‘Dryathletes’, none of whom have fallen off the wagon in their bid to abstain for a month.

Vicky Hogan, 27, of Gadfield Street, is one of the group taking part in the event, and said it had been difficult for the girls, who all enjoy a drink at the end of a hard week at work.

She said: “I am finding it difficult. I am all right during the week but at weekends it is tough.

“But we have still been going out and going to family functions such as christenings and things, but I have been drinking soda water.

“We have all managed to stay strong so far and we are supporting each other.

“It has certainly helped me save some money, although I have found I am eating a lot of chocolate to make up for it.

“We have arranged to all go out on February 1 when the Dryathlon comes to an end.”

Vicky, a primary school teacher, said people didn’t realise how difficult it was to give up drink for a month.

She said: “We have had some criticisms from people who say we aren’t doing anything hard.

“But I have done charity events such as races before and, although they are tough, it is just one day.

“This is an entire month and it is the hardest thing I have done for charity.”

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12:46pm Sat 18 Jan 14

mmickk says...

Sounds to me like you could be heading for trouble if its been that hard! On the other hand Primary school teacher? well done you OMG how have you coped with all the little mischief's. I stopped drinking when I gave up smoking 2 years ago never bothered since. But if I was a primary school teacher I would be drinking and smoking and on meds!!! Well done to all and hope your friend gets well.
Sounds to me like you could be heading for trouble if its been that hard! On the other hand Primary school teacher? well done you OMG how have you coped with all the little mischief's. I stopped drinking when I gave up smoking 2 years ago never bothered since. But if I was a primary school teacher I would be drinking and smoking and on meds!!! Well done to all and hope your friend gets well. mmickk
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1:53pm Sat 18 Jan 14

StopDeludingYourself says...

Seriously? This is what is wrong with this country, individuals who find it so hard to go a MONTH without alcohol! seriously? Its stuff like this that makes me agree with other commentators on here regarding restrictions on alcohol !

Oh by the way, well done with the charity money!
Seriously? This is what is wrong with this country, individuals who find it so hard to go a MONTH without alcohol! seriously? Its stuff like this that makes me agree with other commentators on here regarding restrictions on alcohol ! Oh by the way, well done with the charity money! StopDeludingYourself
  • Score: 7

2:27pm Sat 18 Jan 14

DG6985 says...

I myself is also taking part in the Dryathlon not just for charity but to save money and my health, it really isn't that hard to give up alcohol for just one month, people need to make some social changes in their lives and see the benefits after.

Well done to those who are taking part, we are only half way through.

Please sponsor me: http://www.justgivin
g.com/dry-dave
I myself is also taking part in the Dryathlon not just for charity but to save money and my health, it really isn't that hard to give up alcohol for just one month, people need to make some social changes in their lives and see the benefits after. Well done to those who are taking part, we are only half way through. Please sponsor me: http://www.justgivin g.com/dry-dave DG6985
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6:00pm Sat 18 Jan 14

woolywords says...

Ooops, we've been doing it wrong.
We stopped drinking in Darwen.
Ooops, we've been doing it wrong. We stopped drinking in Darwen. woolywords
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Sat 18 Jan 14

easypeasy says...

one lives in Lango so how do they all live in Darwen get the facts right
one lives in Lango so how do they all live in Darwen get the facts right easypeasy
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9:59pm Sat 18 Jan 14

shackyl says...

Easy peasy we all live in Darwen. That's what we said when they came to do the interview so it's not the papers fault.
Easy peasy we all live in Darwen. That's what we said when they came to do the interview so it's not the papers fault. shackyl
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3:04pm Sun 19 Jan 14

easypeasy says...

shackyl wrote:
Easy peasy we all live in Darwen. That's what we said when they came to do the interview so it's not the papers fault.
well it seems you tell lies as well, for I know of one who is living in langho and as been doing for a long time so tell the tale as it is jackanory
[quote][p][bold]shackyl[/bold] wrote: Easy peasy we all live in Darwen. That's what we said when they came to do the interview so it's not the papers fault.[/p][/quote]well it seems you tell lies as well, for I know of one who is living in langho and as been doing for a long time so tell the tale as it is jackanory easypeasy
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11:02pm Sun 19 Jan 14

elsie-mary says...

good for you girls , praying your friend makes a full recovery xxx
good for you girls , praying your friend makes a full recovery xxx elsie-mary
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8:57pm Mon 20 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

It's not the people who CAN give up alcohol who NEED to.
It's not the people who CAN give up alcohol who NEED to. happycyclist
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