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!”
For more information on Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk