Tattenhall cricketers vow to stay off the booze for cancer charity
A cricket team has been bowled over by a charity campaign which asks people to banish the booze throughout January.
Members of Tattenhall Cricket Club have pledged to swap pint glasses for tea cups as part of the Dryathlon campaign, in a bid to net funds for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.
‘Dryathletes’ will pledge to drop the drink for a month and either get sponsored or donate the money they would have spent on alcohol to help beat cancer sooner.
Leading the way in the Dryathlon efforts are members of the Tattenhall indoor cricket team which celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2014, who have urged the whole club to sign up.
Member Alex Sandland, of Clutton, said: “Taking on Dryathlon is going to be a massive challenge. But it’s for such a worthwhile cause so we are determined to stay committed throughout the whole of January.”
“Every hour, around four people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West yet UK survival rates for cancer have doubled over the past 40 years.
“Cancer Research UK scientists and researchers have been at the heart of that progress and the charity needs more funds and more supporters if it is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
Supporters can register as individuals or set up a team and get their friends, family and colleagues involved to motivate each other along the way.
And for those who find the thought of 31 days off the sauce too daunting, the ‘tipple tax’ allows the Dryathlete to donate a £20 penalty to compensate for falling off the wagon - particularly helpful for weddings, birthdays or those who just fancy a big night out.
Jane Bullock, spokesperson for Cancer Research UK in the North West, said: “We’re thrilled Tattenhall Cricket Club is taking on Dryathlon.
“We’re hoping that determined men and women across the region will step forward and join them, uniting to help beat cancer sooner.
“We’ll be supporting our Dryathletes the whole way, by providing lots of motivational tips via our website, Facebook and Twitter.
“It may be tricky for some to stay on the wagon but we have faith in public and believe they have what it takes to succeed.”
To sign up now and take on Dryathlon in January, visit www.dryathlon.org .