Buxton woman kicks the habit for charity

Buxton woman Dawn Armitt has raised �550 for Chapel's Blythe House Hospice by being sponsored to give up smoking.
Buxton woman Dawn Armitt has raised �550 for Chapel's Blythe House Hospice by being sponsored to give up smoking.

A Buxton woman has raised £550 for Blythe House Hospice after being sponsored to stop smoking.

Dawn Armitt kicked the habit to raise money in memory of her best friend Eileen Horrax who died last year, and who received treatment at Blythe House.

She said: “We lost Eileen in October 2013 and I decided after that Christmas that I wanted to give up.

“I thought doing it this way would give me more of an incentive because I’ve tried a few times before without success.

“I couldn’t believe the amount of people who sponsored me. And Scott Wanless, the landlord at my local pub the 19th Hole said if I made it to 12 months, he would give me £100.”

She added: “I feel 100 per cent better. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. To be able to do something that is so beneficial for me but also benefits Blythe House was fantastic and it was a very good feeling when I handed over the cheque.”

Dawn thanked everyone who supported her.