Kirstie’s busy raising funds in memory of pal Victoria

Kirstie Smith, centre, who has given up alcohol for a year, with ALRA staff members Andy Blake and Stephen Barr, and students Jamie Trotter and Felicity Seviour, who will take part in the Tough Mudder and colour runs, in aid of Melanoma UK

Kirstie Smith, centre, who has given up alcohol for a year, with ALRA staff members Andy Blake and Stephen Barr, and students Jamie Trotter and Felicity Seviour, who will take part in the Tough Mudder and colour runs, in aid of Melanoma UK

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Mother-of-two Kirstie Smith has pledged to keep off the sauce for 365 days.

The 36-year-old, from Croston, has vowed to abstain from alcohol for a year to raise money for Melanoma UK in memory of her friend, Victoria Jackson, 34, who died two years ago from the cancer.

She has roped in her students at Wigan drama school ALRA to help garner more cash through the Tough Mudder challenge on September 14 and Run Or Dye colour run in Liverpool on September 20.

Kirstie said: “I work in a social environment, where we go out a lot with actors, and part of my relationship with Victoria was doing that.

“So I thought the biggest thing I could give up was drink in her honour.

“I was inspired by a fund-raiser who did the same after losing his daughter and he is mentoring me on how to raise awareness.

“I have lost other friends to cancer – this disease has taken too many people away from me that I love.”

She has already raised £3,000 in memory of Victoria, who lived in Bury.

Kirstie continued: “I have a group of around 22 students and staff taking part in Tough Mudder and another group of 10 students taking part in Run Or Dye colour run in

Liverpool.

“They have gone above and beyond and have already raised a fortune so I am so grateful to them.”

Kirstie will be organising other events and is currently planning ALRAFest at The Mill at The Pier, in Wigan. For more information, go to www.forourvic.co.uk and www.justgiving.com/kirstiesarahsmith.