Chester team's teetotal pledge to help cancer research

Published date: 19 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A CRICKET team from near Chester have brought in a complete booze ban for January as part of a fundraising challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Members of Tattenhall Cricket Club, which celebrates its 125-year anniversary next year, have pledged to swap pint glasses for mugs of tea in a bid to net funds for the charity’s life-saving research.

The team members will be taking part in the ‘Dryathlon’ challenge, which sees ‘Dryathletes’ 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.

Leading the way in the Dryathlon efforts are members of the Tattenhall Indoor Cricket team who have urged the whole club to sign-up.

Alex Sandland, 36, who lives in Clutton village, near Tattenhall, 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.”

Cancer Research UK launched Dryathlon for the first time last year, proving a huge success, with more than 33,500 people signed up across the UK helping to raise £4m to help beat cancer.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North West, said: “We’re thrilled that Tattenhall Cricket Club is taking on Dryathlon.

“We’re hoping that men and women across the region will step forward and join them, 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 the public and believe they have what it takes to succeed.”

To sign up now and take on Dryathlon6 in January, visit

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