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Janice goes dry to boost cancer fund

GRAND GESTURE ... Deborah Spraggon, Macmillan information and support manager, left, receives the charity cheque from Janice Lynn.

GRAND GESTURE ... Deborah Spraggon, Macmillan information and support manager, left, receives the charity cheque from Janice Lynn.

Giving up drink was small beer for a charity champion mum boosting the fight against cancer.

Janice Lynn made a grand gesture by going sober for the month of October in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The mother-of-two, from Kirkstone Avenue, Jarrow, decided to take on the dry run after her seeing her own family hit by the condition.

The 52-year-old successfully completed the charity challenge – and eventually raised a bumper £1,240, thanks to a raft of generous donations which she has now handed over to the charity.

Mrs Lynn, said: “My auntie, Ann Lamb, was diagnosed with cancer and sadly died last month.

“We’ve lost a few people in the family to cancer.

“Macmillan Cancer Suport do such a good job, and I was thinking of taking a break from drink anyway, so this gave me a goal.”

Mrs Lynn was grateful for the support of colleagues of her husband Steve, who works offshore for Fulmar Alpha.

They raised the bulk of the initial £1,040 donated, with another £200 raised after Janice appealed for support online for the Go Sober For October campaign.

A Sunderland fan, Mrs Lynn says she wasn’t tempted to touch the booze – even when her pals toasted a derby day victory for her beloved Black Cats over Newcastle United.

She said: “I found it quite easy once I got going. I was designated driver when we watched Sunderland beat Newcastle in the derby.

“I went out and didn’t drink.

“Once I set my mind to something, I stick with it.”

Such was her dedication, she was determined not even a drop of alcohol would pass her lips, adding: “There was one time I was in a restaurant and ordered a steak, but it came with a brandy sauce so I made sure they served it without the sauce!”

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