Dry September for Children with Cancer UK


Something strange is happening here.

Very strange.

(No, I’m not plugging the show Stranger Things, though if you haven’t caught this new Netflix series and like your spooky stuff, do give it a watch! Me and Mr Knutts loved it!)

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It would appear that I have just realised that I haven’t had an alcoholic drink for over a week.

I know Knutters, pick your jaws up off the floor, I couldn’t quite believe it either.


Don’t ask me why I haven’t, because I’m not particularly sure myself. All I can put it down to is that it’s been a bit busy with back to school for the older two, a start at pre-school for the troublesome toddler, my mum’s 60th birthday and various other shenanigans and I have just been ‘too busy’ to drink. Madness I know. I told you something strange was going on…

Because I have managed thus far without alcohol, it’s now 8th September, I figured I might as well join in with Dry September for Cancer Research…kind of. One of my lovely mummy friends from school is doing Dry September and I think that is what made me have my moment of realisation. She is a bit brilliant and will totally smash it for an absolutely amazing cause (well done Kim!)

I figured, rather than registering officially for Dry September on the Cancer Research website, I would instead post a link to Children with Cancer UK on here and, if you fancy donating some pennies to them in support of my alcoholic abstinence, that would be amazing.


I have chosen to do this because, sadly, Children with Cancer UK do not benefit from any fundraising via Cancer Research UK and, for me at the moment, my heart lies with the childhood cancer charity.

You may or may not have read one of my posts earlier in the year which I wrote about a little lad at my son’s school called Sam.

Sam is 8 and has cancer.

After over 3 grueling years of treatment for him and his family, there is now some light at the end of the tunnel because, all being well, Sam should finish his treatment sometime around April next year.

It came from out the blue, a happy, healthy child one minute and then, after a few odd symptoms reared their ugly head and a number of tests in hospital, the diagnosis came.

A family in shock and a little lad whose life would now become very different.

You can read this original post here, it explains everything should you wish to learn more about Sam, his story or Children with Cancer UK.

So, in honour of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I am not having any alcohol at all. I might be a gibbering wreck by the end of it but any stress I feel doing this is nothing in comparison to that experienced by Sam and his family. I just wanted to help if I could.

If you can spare a few pennies to donate to Children with Cancer UK, and support me in staying dry for the month, you can do so by clicking here.

 Thanks so much in advance Knutters.

And stay posted for some Mocktail recipes coming to my blog soon to help get you through the month if you’re also abstaining from alcoholic beverages!




  1. Tamsin
    September 8, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    You are awesome Gemma and I am sure your mock tails will be immensely tasty. Thank you for supporting this charity, they’ve done so much for research into children’s cancer cures and look after families like ours. Lots of luck, lovely lady xxx

  2. admin
    September 8, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Loveya Tams. You’re all amazing.xx

  3. September 8, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Such a good idea to have a month off alcohol, I tend to do it in October (and as much of November as I can) ahead of all the Christmas parties. And you’re right stranger things is amazing! x

  4. admin
    September 8, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Literally loved it Rhi, watched it in about 5 days Could be a long month as the toddler decided to start potty training today…I could do with a cheeky G&T right now Tea is it.xx

  5. September 8, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Well for me it’s been dry 2016 as I am pregnant…I miss my cocktail, just waiting for christmas to drink again (I sound like an alcoholic lol)

  6. September 8, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Good luck Gem! Gin will miss you, I’m sure!

  7. September 8, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Ahh doll this is something I could get behind, my son had a little friend at preschool who had cancer. It sucks. BIG TIME. We learned earlier this year that the little one had passed away after going into remission when a secondary infection took hold after his final hospital visit. Life is shit at times, Children with Cancer I can 100% support 🙂
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  8. admin
    September 9, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Haha!!! Not at all! Hope the pregnancy is going well.x

  9. admin
    September 9, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Thanks Lynds! It will, but it’ll still be there waiting for me x

  10. admin
    September 9, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Ah, Harriet, that’s just awful
    The poor little lamb and their family
    Life is a complete bitch sometimes, he does so well little Sam that it’s easy for people to forget just how sick he is and as you say, the final hurdle is nigh but we have to keep everything crossed it stays away once he does finish.
    Sending love.xxxx

  11. September 10, 2016 / 10:21 am

    What a fantastic cause your are doing this for! I really do wish you all the best in this, it’s not great that they don’t recovery funding from the other so hopefully people can band together and support the children cancer UK. I donated at the start of the month and I always encourage other to do the same. Well done for going dry!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  12. September 10, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    This is such a great cause. Children’s cancer is such a sad illness and I’ll be popping a few pennies your way for support

  13. admin
    September 12, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Thanks Jordanne!

  14. admin
    September 12, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Oh Zena you absolute diamond, thanks so much. Xx

  15. September 12, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    What a great cause! So sad when this horrible illness effect the little ones.

  16. admin
    September 12, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    It truly is.xx

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