A MAN from Morley has vowed to ban the booze for a whole year to raise cash for a children’s charity.
Father-of-two Stephen Gaughan, 34, was inspired to ditch the drink after reading the story of a young girl who is in desperate need of heart surgery.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Stephen, of Cross Peel Street, said: “It is not going too badly so far.
“But we’re only 10 per cent of the way through the year, so it’s early days yet!”
So far, Stephen has raised a staggering £1,200 for the charity Dreams Come True.
He added: “I know people who have done Dry January, giving up drinking for the month, but I wanted to do something that was a bit more difficult.
“I wanted to test myself.
“I had a look at the Just Giving fundraising site at a number of charities, especially those helping children.”
Stephen will now be sticking to soft drinks to raise as much money as possible for the cause.
Dreams Come True helps realise the dreams of children who are seriously and terminally ill.
Over the past 25 years the charity has helped more than 5,000 children and young people as well as their friends, family and carers.
To support Stephen, visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/StevieG2014DrinkFree.
Alternatively, you can donate by texting SGSG99 £1 (or an alternative amount) to 70070.
For more about the Dreams Come True charity, visit www.dreamscometrue.uk.com.