Diss town clerk vows to quit smoking in support of Wheelchair Rugby

Diss Town Council clerk Deborah Sarson, who has committed to quit smoking to raise money for the Wheelchair Rugby charity.''Pictured: Deborah Sarson, Darren Wiles (who plays wheelchair rugby) and Town Mayor Julian Mason ANL-150930-115538009
Diss Town Council clerk Deborah Sarson, who has committed to quit smoking to raise money for the Wheelchair Rugby charity.''Pictured: Deborah Sarson, Darren Wiles (who plays wheelchair rugby) and Town Mayor Julian Mason ANL-150930-115538009
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The long-serving clerk for Diss Town Council says she is committed to quitting the smoking habit she has held for 30 years, while also helping raise money for charity.

Deborah Sarson, who won the Norfolk Clerk of the Year award in July, plans to kick the habit, both for her health, and in aid of the Wheelchair Rugby charity, inspired by a council staff member’s husband who was paralysed after a motorcycle accident last year.

Ms Sarson, who will celebrate a decade as part of the council in January, said: “Quitting smoking is something I feared I’d never achieve but after several failed attempts, I’ve finally got my head in the right space to leave cigarettes behind me forever. I am determined to quit this time.

“I would be very happy for people like my colleague’s husband to have the opportunity to engage in sport.”

Diss town mayor Julian Mason added: “I’ve been doing as much as I can for my chosen charities during my mayoral year and I’m delighted Deborah has not only committed to quitting smoking but that she is also seeking to benefit others in doing so.”

Cllr Mason has encouraged people to support Ms Sarson by making a donation to the charity at the Diss Town Council offices in Market Hill. For further information, call the council on 01379 643848.