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Hunger Games star Sam Claflin backs Matthew Project mocktail fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 08:42 27 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:42 27 December 2016

Owner of Blue Joanna, Ecky Limon, with his Blue Joanna Tropical Twist mocktail. Picture: SUBMITTED BY TOM OXLEY CONSULTANCY

Owner of Blue Joanna, Ecky Limon, with his Blue Joanna Tropical Twist mocktail. Picture: SUBMITTED BY TOM OXLEY CONSULTANCY

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Giving up alcohol for a month after the excesses of Christmas is a popular pledge for many.

Former students from the Theatre Arts Course return to the Theatre Royal for cameo appearances in The Wind in the Willows. Film star Sam Claflin (Rat). Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFormer students from the Theatre Arts Course return to the Theatre Royal for cameo appearances in The Wind in the Willows. Film star Sam Claflin (Rat). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

And a Norwich-based charity which supports people with drug or alcohol problems is hoping “Dry January” could create a funding boost thanks to mocktail recipes from a Hollywood star and celebrity chef.

Hunger Games star and former Costessey High School pupil Sam Claflin and Delia Smith have provided booze-free cocktail recipes for the Matthew Project which helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Matthew Project wants people to raise money by participating in Alcohol Concern’s national Dry January campaign.

The campaign splits sponsorship money between Alcohol Concern and the people’s chosen charity, which the Matthew Project wants to become.

James Marlow and Macdonald from the Matthew Project.Picture: SUBMITTED BY TOM OXLEY CONSULTANCYJames Marlow and Macdonald from the Matthew Project.Picture: SUBMITTED BY TOM OXLEY CONSULTANCY

Matthew Project CEO, Paul Martin, said: “We’re having some fun with Norfolk Mocktail recipes, raising money through Dry January and spreading an important message.

“We’re keen that people feel Dry January is a positive and healthy time. We think they should still go out to eat and enjoy themselves – and the submitted recipes show it’s easily possible to cut the spirits and keep wonderful tastes.”

Creative concoctions have also been donated by Great British Menu chef and Norwich’s Benedicts restaurant owner Richard Bainbridge, owner of Blue Joanna on Unthank Road in Norwich, Ecky Limon, and Norwich’s Dynamic Fitness owner Ross Lenton.

People interested in setting up sponsorship for Dry January can join up at www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january
To contact the Matthew Project, call 0300 7900227.

Visit www.matthewproject.org to view the mocktail recipes or email mocktails@matthewproject.org to submit your own.

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