Marton mum goes dry to fight cancer

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A Marton mum has vowed banish the booze after Christmas to raise funds for life-saving research in honour of a close friend.

Dr Claire Westrope will take part in Cancer Research UK’s ‘Dryathlon’ for the second time in January.

And she is encouraging men and women across the county to join her and her brother Andrew Westrope by dropping the drink for an entire month.

Claire said: “When I was a teenager my friend died of cancer and Andrew and I have another close friend who’s battling terminal cancer at the moment.

“With my job I understand what a difference huge research can make but it’s expensive. That’s why I want to encourage anyone who can to take part in Dryathlon and help beat cancer sooner.”

Claire, who works as a paediatric intensive care consultant in Leicester, felt healthier than ever and lost half a stone in weight after abstaining from alcohol for four weeks in January.

The mother-of-two said: “I’d always talked about having a dry January but never actually got round to it. Dryathlon was a really great incentive to keep going.

“I felt healthier than ever after taking part last year. My skin was better, I slept better and I lost half a stone in weight. I’m not an everyday drinker but I do enjoy drinking wine socially with my girl friends. I hit 40 recently so after all the celebrations I’m quite looking forward to drying out again.”

Those with enough willpower to drop the drink can get sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues or simply donate the money they save by going dry during January.

Visit for more information and tips on how to stay ‘on the wagon’ for the whole month.

Every hour, around three people in the West Midlands are diagnosed with cancer.