South Shields workers take up Dry January challenge

Ford Aerospace workers are taking up the Dry January challenge.
Ford Aerospace workers are taking up the Dry January challenge.

Staff at a leading engineering firm in South Tyneside have taken on a health group’s Dry January challenge.

Workers at Ford Aerospace have pledged to take part in Alcohol Concern’s annual challenge and promised to do their best to stay on the wagon throughout the first month of 2016 – and they’re hoping people across South Tyneside will join them in pledging to stay sober for 31 days.

Last year, the North East topped the table in terms of the number of participants signing up to Dry January It’s estimated that about two million people nationally attempted the challenge, with about 70,000 of these coming from the North East.

Balance, the North East alcohol office, and Ford Aerospace are now calling on people across South Tyneside to join with them and accept the abstinence challenge.

Mary Edwards, programme manager alcohol treatment at Balance, said: “Accepting the Dry January challenge before the excesses of the festive period, a time when many of us can overdo it, is the perfect way to commit to taking a break from alcohol. New Year is the natural time to take stock of our health and make a fresh start.

Geoff Ford, chairman of Ford Engineering Group, based at Port of Tyne, South Shields, added: “We are delighted to have been asked to support the programme and intend to persuade as many of our employees as possible to participate in this campaign.

“People often have resolutions to start the New Year in a more health conscious way, and if all colleagues have the same resolutions which are promoted at work, this increases the chances of sticking to them.”