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About Sober October

Macmillan Cancer Support are asking you to get involved in Sober October by going alcohol-free in October to raise money for people with cancer.

You can choose to have a Sober October by taking on the challenge for 21 or 14 days, or go old school and challenge yourself to take on the full 31 days.

We need you to do whatever it takes to help people living with cancer. The pandemic has had a huge impact, with thousands of people having their cancer treatments delayed. No matter what you choose to give up, or how long you choose to go sober for, you will be raising vital funds to help Macmillan continue being there for the millions of people living with cancer in the UK right now.

And you’re not just helping others, you’re helping yourself too. Having a break from alcohol has great health benefits, such as having more energy, a clearer head and sleeping better, plus no hangovers!

So, we hope to see you take part in Sober October, raising a glass (of water) and standing proudly beside people living with cancer.

How it works

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1. Sign-up and choose 31, 21 or 14 days sober

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2. Go booze-free in October

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3. Ask friends and family to donate to you

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4. Help people living with cancer

Important Note

Sober October is an 18+ fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthy lifestyle changes. We would encourage people to drink responsibly and stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. We advise heavy drinkers or people dependent on alcohol to speak with their GP before signing up to Sober October.