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Calne mum-of-four gives up alcohol to raise funds
1:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Trainee nurse Sharon Love will tackle Macmillan Cancer Support’s latest challenge by going sober for a month in memory of her husband Michael and her mother Dorothy Dunkerton.
Mrs Love, 43, of Stokes Croft, Calne, has signed up to Go Sober for October, a national campaign to which more than 27,000 people have signed up and has already raised £380,000.
She was just 17 when her mum died from cancer at the age of 50, and in 2007 the disease took her husband Michael, who was a soldier serving with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Germany.
Mrs Love, who is studying a two-year course in adult nursing at Oxford Brookes University, said her husband was 34 when he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and 39 when he died.
The mum-of-four said: “I’m doing it in his memory and I’ve got a photo of him on my fundraising profile. Weirdly, we had put off getting help from Macmillan until the very day he died.
“That was the day that they were meant to come round and speak to us. This challenge is about the cancer patients, but it’s also about the families, because people don’t think about what happens to them.”
Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
Mrs Love, who plans to work with cancer patients after her training, is determined to make her challenge a success after receiving messages of support on her online fundraising page.
She said: “I did the Race For Life the year after my husband died.
“I would like to raise as much as I can, but I didn’t go into it with a target in mind.”
Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Wiltshire, Sadie Moore, said: “October is a great time of year to give up the booze for a great cause. It’s between the beer garden and Christmas party season and just one month alcohol free can make a massive difference to people’s energy levels and state of mind.”
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