High and dry for charity

Stuart Jackson with fiancee Carla Bento.
Stuart Jackson with fiancee Carla Bento.

A former Kirkcaldy man is helping kick off a campaign to ban the booze in the New Year to raise funds for life-saving research into cancer.

Stuart Jackson, who now lives in Horley but is originally from the Lang Toun, is taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon in honour of his mum Marion who died from the disease in 2012.

Dryathlon challenges those who are man enough – or woman enough – to drop the drink in January.

Stuart, a pastry chef at The Soho Hotel in London, whose dad Rab still lives in Kirkcaldy, is a self-confessed party animal when off-duty.

He turned 40 on December 30, and believes the Dryathlon will be the perfect start to his 40s.

He also took part in Dryathlon 2013 so he knows what to expect.

Stuart said:”When I said I was giving up the booze at the start of 2013, my friends didn’t believe I could do it. But I did and it was actually a good experience.”

The motivation came after Stuart’s mum Marion was diagnosed with brain cancer, just a day after he announced his engagement to girlfriend Carla Bento.

Stuart travelled to New Zealand where Marion lived to say goodbye and she died in October 2012.

“I wore the Dryathlon wristband which helped as it reminded me what I was doing and why, and it helped other people see I was taking part.

“After the Dryathlon, I felt better in myself, slept better and saved a lot of money too – about £400.

“Taking part in Dryathlon was a very positive experience, that’s why I’d like to encourage other people to do it – to help fund research and help more people survive.”