About Dry January

This year, Hospice UK is partnering with Dry January and we’re asking you to give up alcohol for one month.
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What is Dry January?

Dry January is the annual campaign through which people reset their relationship by giving up alcohol for one month. Dry January also drives a conversation about alcohol: why do we drink it, what does it do, and how can we reduce the harm it causes? Last year, 5 million people in the UK went dry for January - that’s 1 in 6 people!

This year, organiser Alcohol Concern is bringing together an incredible network of partner charities to promote the campaign and encourage people to get involved. Hospice UK is thrilled to be one of the official charity partners of the 2018 Dry January campaign.

Why do Dry January?

People who have tried Dry January report benefits including better sleep, weight loss, improved concentration and money saved – what better way to start the new year? It’s also a great way to raise money for Hospice UK. Your support helps people living with terminal illnesses make every moment matter.

How do I go dry in January for hospice care?

Once you’ve signed up to take part in Dry January, you can set up a Virgin Money Giving page to raise funds. You can:

  • ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you;
  • donate some of the money that you would have spent on alcohol.
Hospice UK will receive 80% of the money you raise, enabling us to continue our vital work with hospices across the UK. Alcohol Concern, which works to end alcohol harm, will receive 20%.

Why is Hospice UK partnering with Dry January?

A healthy and balanced approach to mind and body is part of the ethos of hospice care which supports people with terminal conditions to live well as well as possible for the precious time they have left. We’re proud to be involved in the Dry January campaign which encourages the public to become more aware of their alcohol consumption and how this affects their health and wellbeing.

About Hospice UK

Hospice UK is your national charity for hospice care, committed to supporting the incredible work of hospices across the UK. Each year, hospices provide care for more than 200,000 people living with conditions such as cancer, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), dementia and liver disease.

But we want to make sure that hospice care is available for everyone who needs it. By raising funds for Hospice UK, you can help us to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care, gets hospice care - no matter who they are, where they are or why they’re ill.

Statistics about Hospice UK's work

  • Hospice UK supports more than 200 organisations providing hospice care in the UK.
  • Last year, hospices provided care for 200,000 people living with terminal and life-limiting conditions.
  • Hospice care can be provided in a range of settings, including home-based care and in day hospice day care.
  • One in four people who require end of life care do not get the support they need
  • Hospice care is provided free of charge to those who need it.
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