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Charity means no cigs and booze for Liz
11:00am Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
A WOMAN from Leigh is giving up cigarettes and alcohol for a month to raise money for charity.
Liz Sharpe, of Oakleigh Park Drive, lost her mum to ovarian cancer in September after a two-year battle with the disease.
She has now decided to stop smoking and drinking alcohol for a month in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer by taking part in Stay Sober for October – Stoptober.
Liz, 39, an area manager for mental health services, has been smoking on and off since the age of 21.
She gave up smoking in September 2012, but began again in March, when her mum’s condition began to deteriorate.
She said: “In February she started feeling unwell again. The tumour started growing back in February, and she had more chemo to try and fight it off, but she became more unwell.
“When somebody gets ovarian cancer, they say you’re doing well to do two years, and she survived two years and a week.”
Liz was originally smoking around 15 cigarettes a day, but says in the last few months she has been smoking around 25 a day, and drinking at weekends with friends.
She said: “People said they’d sponsor me to give up smoking, so I thought I’d do Stay Sober at the same time to raise more for charity.
“My friends and family are all really behind me, and I know mum would be over the moon that I’ve stopped smoking.
“I’ve been using nicotine patches and going out for walks to help with the cravings.
"Because the last few months have been such a horrific situation to be in, it doesn’t feel so bad to give these things up.
“I plan to give up smoking for good, but I am looking forward to having a glass of wine when the month is over!”
To sponsor Liz, visit www.justgiving.com/liz-sharpe
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