Self-confessed chocaholic Carrie Fletcher has made a sacrifice that’s hard to swallow.
The sweet-toothed mum has given up chocolate, sweets, cakes and puddings for a full year to boost the coffers of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Carrie, aged 28, who has so far made it over two weeks into her fundraising mission without crumbling, said: “I wanted to help a charity and I just thought it would be good to try and give up something I would miss.
“It couldn’t be anything like a marathon because I have a two-year-old daughter, so I couldn’t fit in the training.
“I’ve always had a sweet tooth and come from a generation where 50p sweet bags were a real treat and a plate full of biscuits would be waiting for me every time we visited nan’s house - whether we wanted them or not!
“At first I thought I’d just give up chocolate, but then it turned into sweets and cakes as well, for a year.
“It probably is harder than a marathon for me, in terms of mental willpower!”
The inspiration for Carrie’s challenge, which will run until June 1, 2014, came after her dad Bob, a former Marine and non-smoker, died of lung cancer.
He passed away just eight weeks after his diagnosis in 2011, aged 56.
Now when temptation strikes, Carrie has to donate to Macmillan the cost of the item she would have eaten.
Added to donations from supporters, she hopes to raise a total of £600 for the cause over the 12 months.
Recruitment consultant Carrie, of Handsworth Crescent, Handsworth, said: “So far I’ve only missed sweet things when somebody else is eating something that looks really nice.
“My favourites used to be chocolate bars, and cakes. There is temptation around because my little girl Mollie has chocolate in the fridge.
“My dad would have thought I was crazy doing the challenge!
“He had lung cancer and he had never smoked, he was very fit and healthy and an ex-Marine - it was very unexpected and a shock.
“Macmillan provided a big support network for my mum and the charity is desperate for more funding.
“I think it is a charity that deserves people helping it out.”
Visit Just Giving - But Carrie Loves Chocolate to donate to Carrie’s challenge.