Knock al­co­hol for six in aid of can­cer char­ity

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Tom Scargill

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

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