Mum and daughter planning 27 hour hug

Alison Cottrial and her daughter Bethany are to attempt a world record for longest hug
Alison Cottrial and her daughter Bethany are to attempt a world record for longest hug
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A MOTHER and daughter are embracing a unique idea to promote a local charity.

Alison and Bethany Cottriall are preparing to beat a world record for the longest hug and raise aware ness of the work of Embrace Wigan and Leigh at the same time.

It is going to be hard, especially as we have to stand up and can’t sleep. But we are both really determined people and it is to raise awareness of a good cause. There is no doubt that there won’t be tears because it is going to be tough

Alison Cottriall

Alison, 41, and Bethany 20, will be bissing to holding on to each other for more than 26 hours to beat the current record when the challenge place from noon on Friday October 2 to 3pm Saturday October 3.

Alison, who uses the services of Embrace for her three-year-old son Tyler who has learning difficulties, said: “I have been running a second-hand shop New 2 You, for more than a year in aid of Embrace and people ask me what the charity is about, so we are doing this to raise awareness.

“I was thinking about the fact Embrace means hug and the first thing that sprang to mind was how many people can we get together for a hug and when I did my research, it was more than 10,000 which was going to be a challenge. So then I thought about the longest hug and I found out it was 26 hours, 26 minutes and 26 seconds.

“We will be doing the challenge - Embrace for Embrace - at the shop and Market Snack Bar will remain open overnight so people can buy refreshments.

“It is going to be hard, especially as we have to stand up and can’t sleep. But we are both really determined people and it is to raise awareness of a good cause. There is no doubt that there won’t be tears because it is going to be tough.

“I am used to not getting sleep as my youngest has learning difficulties and he doesn’t settle well. But if Beth starts to nod off I will keep her awake.

“We are allowed a five minute break every hour and we can store that up, so our aim is to go for as long as we can without a break and then have a good half hour to sit down and rest. It has to be videoed all the way through so we will have two people doing that as a back up if the battery fails. Imagine getting to 20 hours and the camera fails.

“I am really looking forward to it.”

People are invited to support Alison and Bethany during their Embrace for Embrace challenge at New 2 You, Elliott Street, Tyldesley, October 2 until 3pm. For more information call 01942 233323 or visit www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk