Sign up for Drop the Drink

2 03 2010

So make today the day you sign up to Drop the Drink. Sign up by clicking on either of the links below (UK or Ireland)


Drop the Drink is an online fundraising initiative that encourages individuals or groups to sign up to the challenge of a month-long-sponsored abstinence from alcohol.

It’s simple – give up drinking for the month, then you ask your friends and family to sponsor you!

Now, we aren’t anti-drink.  But  it’s a great way to clear your head, take advantage of some great health benefits, and – most importantly – help raise funds for sick and injured children across the country!  By giving up drink for 31 days, and asking friends and family to pledge their support, you really can make miracles happen.


Giving up Drink for Lent?

15 02 2010

So our month long drive for Drop the Drink is over, but we are still looking for people to Drop the Drink, whenever suits you. We know that a lot of people choose to give up drink during Lent, so if you are thinking of doing that why not get sponsored to do it and help sick children. You can sign up to drop the drink today.

A little inspiration

25 01 2010

As we head down the final stretch, we wanted to remind you about the difference you are making. And as Darren Lee from Oxford’s FM107.9 said, think of the children.

With the help of a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, children of all ages and backgrounds receive treatment for every imaginable disease and injury – from asthma and broken bones to cancer and heart defects. Children’s hospitals are also the front lines of research, education and outreach programmes that keep millions of children out of the hospital each year.

Children’s Miracle Network hospitals depend on community support to help fund vital services, specialised care and unique programmes designed specifically for children. Most funds are raised a pound/euro or two at a time by caring individuals, like you!

Thank you for dropping the drink, and helping make miracle happen!

And here’s an update from Darren Lee of OXFORD’S FM107.9

22 01 2010

I don’t drink a lot, so I thought this would be easy. Well, I thought that I don’t drink a lot! I live in a shared house so there’s always someone opening a beer, or pouring a glass of wine – refusing a drink has been the hardest part. I probably drink something every day, even if it’s a shared can of cider. I fell off the wagon at the weekend, but I’ve used my ‘night off’ voucher retrospectively, so my slate is clean! I feel really good for not drinking, I’ve lost that groggy feeling that had built up over time. It’s also nice to be reminded that you can go out at the weekend and not have a drink – I’m still a fun person sober! Plus, all this is for a great cause – sick children in Oxfordshire. When you’re thinking it’s all too hard, think of the children!


Check out how Rosie from OXFORD’S FM107.9 is not drinking

22 01 2010

January’s been good….  yeah I know the money situation’s RUBBISH but that’s because December’s pay day seems like an eternity ago – and there’s still TWO weekends to go till our bank accounts see a much needed cash injection.

That said, I have decided to Drop The Drink and it’s helped.

It’s been a welcome invitation to a lighter liver but NOT a lighter purse.

It’s going well, I’ve already used my one-off pass, although some say I used it foolishly as I had one beer with a Mexican meal, but that was fine by me.

I’ve definitely dropped a pound or two – my jeans feel a little looser and so far my pledge to drop the drink has raised over £100 for sick children across Oxfordshire. That’s cool.

Some of my friends, no wait…my boyfriend has tried to twist my arm into drinking a few times; “No one will know, come on it’s just one drink”, but I think he’s got the message now, besides, I’ve discovered non-alcoholic larger (allelujah!) and I rate that as being a perfectly acceptable substitute.

This weekend’s looking like it won’t pose any drinking danger, and since I signed up this campaign I’ve re-discovered my passion for herbal teas.

Who wants a hangover anyway?

Rosie x

It’s Wednesday, how to get ‘over the hump’!

20 01 2010

hump day (noun) a reference to making it though to the middle of the world week as getting “over the hump”;  or Wednesday. If the work week were a hill, then Wednesday would be the crest.

Wednesday (noun) is a day of the week in the Gregorian calendar. According to international standards, it is the third day of the week, the day between Tuesday and Thursday.  The name comes from the Middle English Wednes dei, which is from Old English Wōdnesdæg, meaning the day of the English god Woden.

This is all information that you are unlikely to be asked, ever,  but trivial information that is fun to know. And something to help you get to the weekend (or through the day at least).

Other things to do tonight at home, or plan them for a night with friends and family (and don’t have alcohol around so you’re not tempted):

  • Game Night – board games have come back with a vengeance. Pull out (and dust off) some old classics, like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, or Pictionary. Or get a new twist on an old classic, have you seen the new Monopoly games with debit cards? It’s not child’s play anymore!
  • Video Games – if board games aren’t really your thing, have a ‘video game night.’ There are so many fun and interactive games out now, wiiFit, Singstar, Guitar Hero, RockBand. You could host your own X-Factor competition.
  • A SWAP party – (for the ladies!) invite your friends over and tell them to bring clothes, shoes and accessories they don’t want anymore to SWAP. The more you bring, the more you get. Fashion swap parties can be great fun and a brilliant way to refresh your closet.

Need a night out of the house? Make sure you catch Avatar at the theatres (I know we’ve mentioned this one already), but it swept at the Golden Globes award show on Sunday. If you’ve already seen it, check out another movie from the award show nominee list.

Let us know how you get over ‘Hump Day,’ or new found activities that you’ve been enjoying since you’ve Dropped The Drink …

Happy Hump Day!

Heading out tonight? Want to enjoy a cocktail?

16 01 2010

Why not, there are a lot of great mocktails out there, or order your favourite drink, virgin-ised.

Here are a few you can make yourself, or order while you’re out with friends:

  • If you enjoy Whiskey, try Whissin! Made from a mixture of barley, maize and wheat, the tipple is the product of more than two years’ research and tests by the family firm, Espadafor, which specialises in non-alcoholic substitutes. Drink it on the rocks, with a mixer or try a Whiskey Mac!
  • Rum fan? Non-alcoholic Ronsin is made from brown cane sugar, honey and natural rum essence. Enjoy it on ice with a slice of lemon, or use it to make a Virgin Colada.
  • A golf fan, order an Arnold Palmer, a beverage consisting of half unsweetened iced tea and half lemonade named for golfing legend Arnold Palmer.
  • Girl’s Night Out? Be the Belle of the Ball and order a Cinderella – 2oz Club Soda, 1 dash grenadine, 1 oz lemon juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
  • For Safe Sex on the Beach – cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and peach nectar.
  • A few true classics: Shirley Temple, Virgin Daiquiri, or a Virgin Mary.

Or just ask for a glass of water or soda water with a lemon or lime. People will just assume it contains alcohol.