Staff go dry for cancer charity

Some of the staff who took part in the challenge
Some of the staff who took part in the challenge

Maternity staff raised almost £3,400 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the charity’s Dryathlon during January.

A total of 20 staff who work at the Conquest Hospital, on The Ridge, and Eastbourne DGH avoided alcohol, chocolate and cake for the month and were sponsored by colleagues, friends and family.

The group’s fundraising was inspired by their colleague Helen Cross, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer late last year.

Helen, who lives in Heathfield, said: “Recovering from major surgery with the prospect of chemotherapy ahead of me was eased knowing that my amazing colleagues were giving up alcohol, chocolate and cake for a month and raising money for such an amazing charity.”

Kirsty Milward, midwifery matron at the Conquest, said: “Helen is such an inspirational person in our team and we wanted to do whatever we could to help keep her spirits up during her treatment. It initially started with one person undertaking this challenge and then Helen suggested a team effort which is what we did. We are all amazed at how much we raised and thank you to everyone who donated.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the group’s fundraising efforts can via or