A STOURBRIDGE slimmer who ditched the drink throughout January has raised £546.47 for Cancer Research.

Aimee Hipkiss, aged 33, resisted temptation and abstained from alcohol for 31 days as part of the charity's Dryathlon, which encouraged people to get sponsored for going dry or donate the dosh they would have spent on booze.

The Slimming World consultant , who runs a groups in Amblecote and Norton, thought it would be "a big challenge" as she was partial to a vodka and diet coke.

But she managed to stick to soft drinks and smashed her fundraising target of £150: "It started really well but I did find it quite hard. I almost had a wobble when away in the middle of January but the support from family and friends via Facebook and texts made me realise how well I was doing.

"Throughout the month I was overwhelmed by the support I received and more importantly the amount of sponsors I received. Most of this has come from the members of my Slimming World groups, and I feel very emotional and privileged to have such special people in my groups, I cannot thank them enough."

She celebrated the end of the Dryathlon with her favourite tipple at 12.10am and said: "It went down a tr "I celebrated the end of my Dryathlon with a Vodka and Diet Coke at 12.10am on February 1, it went down a treat."