Knock alcohol for six in aid of cancer charity
A Walsden cricketer, who runs The Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge, is encouraging people to give booze a break to help raise funds for lifesaving cancer research. Matthew Dawson, 33, was among 54,000 people who took part in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon in January in memory of his mum, Pamela, who died of cancer five years ago.
The dad of three is now urging others to sign up to the charity’s Dryathalon challenge this September.
Matthew said: “Septem- ber marks five years since my mum died so that’s why I’m calling on men and women across the region to be dry and mighty and take on Dryathlon and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
“It’s not an easy challenge but it’s well worth it and you do get used to sticking to the soft drinks.”
Dryathletes pledge to stay dry for a month and either get sponsored or donate the money they would have spent on alcohol to the charity.
Supporters can register to take part in Dryathlon as individuals or set up a team and get their friends, colleagues or relatives involved to motivate each other along the way. Lisa Millett, Cancer Research UK spokesperson, said: “Our Dryathletes show real willpower in banning the booze for a brilliant cause. “So we’re urging people to sign up now so they’re ready and raring to go on September 1.” In January 2015, 54,000 people took part in Dryathlon across the UK and helped raise £5 million. Following this September’s campaign, Dryathlon will be returning in January 2016 ready for those looking for a booze-free start to the New Year. Every day 78 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Walsden cricketer Matthew Dawson