Ditch the drink for one month and raise funds

Jo Butcher who is raising money for Cancer Research UK and taking part in its Dryathlon in September
Jo Butcher who is raising money for Cancer Research UK and taking part in its Dryathlon in September
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Jo Butcheris urging people to ditch the drink for a month and raise funds for Cancer Reaearch UK.

Jo, 45, from Norton cut back on her own drinking 10 years ago in order to lose weight and knows the value of the work done by the charity.

Jo Butcher before losing five stone and becoming a fitness instructor and weight loss coach

Jo Butcher before losing five stone and becoming a fitness instructor and weight loss coach

Sadly she lost her sister-in-law Sandra Farrow, who was 48, to breast cancer in November 2014 so the charity is close to her heart.

Jo, a mum of two, now runs her own weight management business but 10 years ago had a wake up call after weighing 14 stone and having to wear size 20 clothes.

She said: “I’d gone into a changing room with my daughter but they had changed the layout and I didn’t realise where the mirrors were.

“I caught sight of this enormous woman and thought ‘Wow, she’s really fat’ and then was horrified to realise I was looking at my own reflection. I was so upset that oher people saw me like that and I knew I had to do something about it.”

Jo began cutting down on alcohol and fast food and signed up for weight loss classes and she now runs her own business helping others lose weight and get fit.

She has already completed a dryathlon event and as well as taking part in this year’s event she is also organising a barn dance for Cancer Research UK. She is urging her own clients and others to join her and take on this year’s Dryathlon challenge.

She said: “Losing Sandra is still raw for us for all of us, it’s hard to talk about. She was really healthy before she was diagnosed and seeing someone go through all stages of cancer is horrific. It’s why Cancer Research UK is a cause that’s so close to my heart.”

Call Jo for barn dance tickets on 07913 922926. People can register for the Dryathlon as individuals or as a team by visiting www.dryathlon.org