Giving up alcohol for a month after the excesses of Christmas is a popular pledge for many.
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.
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
Visit www.matthewproject.org to view the mocktail recipes or email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your own.
It has been announced today that Sam will be making an appearance at 2016 Savannah Film Festival and he’ll be doing more than a Q&A, he’ll be receiving a Spotlight Award!
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce honorees, guests and the complete film line-up for the 2016 Savannah Film Festival. Mahershala Ali will receive the Discovery Award, Sam Claflin and Molly Shannon will receive Spotlight Awards, and Miles Teller will receive the Vanguard Award. Held in downtown Savannah, the Festival runs from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 29.
Sam Claflin will receive the Spotlight Award on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Claflin will participate in a Q&A following the screening of “Me Before You” with director Thea Sharrock and producer Alison Owen. Claflin’s credits include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Friday,” “The Riot Club,” “Love, Rosie,” “The Quiet Ones,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Huntsman: Winter War,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Mary & Martha,” “White Heat,” “United,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Any Human Heart,” and “The Lost Future.” He has just finished filming “My Cousin Rachel“‘ alongside Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger and in 2017 will star in Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest” alongside Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.