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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Brave Cumbria Warriors giving up booze for cancer campaign

A GROUP of 29 amazing Furness women have given up booze for January to raise as much cash as they can for Cancer Research UK.

Four of the brave Princess Warriors United team are battling breast cancer and others are supporting them and doing it in memory of their loved ones.

The Dryathalon sees people being sponsored to give up alcohol on January 1 for a whole month.

So far the Warriors have raised nearly £4,500 and are second on the leader board in the UK but have been top most of the month.

They hope to be there again due to the generosity of their sponsors.

Andrea Parker-Edwards has organised the team and has personally raised more than £1,200. The 44-year-old, of Park Avenue, Barrow, said: Apart from having breast cancer myself, two of my friends have died from the disease in the past three months. It was my new year’s resolution to raise as much cash as possible for Cancer Research this coming year so what better way to kick it off?

“Not drinking is hard and I’m looking forward to the Drinkathon that my friends are arranging early February to add to my fund!

Sharon Benson, 40, of Biggar Village, Walney, said: “I have breast cancer. I have had four operations and six chemotherapies and am giving cancer a kick up the backside.

“I’m feeling strong with support from Andrea and Mandy who have helped me loads plus a couple of other lovely ladies who are not on this team. I’m ready for a large rosé on February 1.”

Lisa McSweeney, 44, of Longlands Avenue, Barrow, who is also battling breast cancer said: “I want to help find a cure so that people don’t have to suffer any more.”

Mandy Clarke, 40, of Winchester Street, Barrow, said: “I’m doing the Dryatholon as I have breast cancer myself and have lost many a family and friends due to cancer.

“I’m trying to raise money towards finding that bloody cure I’m not finding it hard at all except I could murder a drink right now waiting for more results but I won’t break and most certainly won’t let Andrea and the team down.”

To donate to the Warriors head go to www.justgiving.com/teams/princess-warriors-united.

Alternatively call into the Cancer Research shop in Dalton Road and donate to their collection tin.

Have your say

Hi a Reader we have nearly made £6000 towards cancer research uk id say thats a bloody good going i dont know why the negative about we wont make much money as andrea parker edwards will say you dont need to drink in a pub to make money and most has been sponsors via facebook family and friends i think cancer research will be more than pleased with the just under £6000 mark and we still have over a wk to go .... And thankyou for your comment heather who works at cancer research all in a good cause come on princess warriors united x

Posted by Mandy clarke on 21 January 2014 at 23:30

Go Andrea and all the Princess Warriors!! You are amazing all of you - looking forward to adding to your total in February!!

Posted by Jane on 21 January 2014 at 10:12

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