Many people gave up drinking for Dry January – but one Morley man has taken it to the extreme by giving it up for the whole of 2014.
Stephen Gaughan, 34, of Cross Peel Street, decided that this year he would do something to raise money for charity, but wanted a good challenge.
The dad of two said: “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.”
After deciding he would spend a very sober 12 months, he chose the charity Dreams Come True to benefit from his efforts.
He said: “I had a look at the Just Giving fundraising site at a number of charities, especially those helping children.”
Dreams Come True helps make the dreams of children who are seriously and terminally ill come true.
Stephen is hoping to raise as much money as possible, which will be used to help children like four-year-old Aimee, whose dream it is to go to Disney World.
Aimee (pictured right) was born with a very rare heart defect and at only four months old had to have very complicated open heart surgery to save her life.
“Aimee’s condition is so serious and life threatening that she will require complicated heart surgery all her childhood and into adulthood.
Stephen said: “When I heard Aimee’s story it made me even more determined and dedicated to raise as much money as possible.
“I have two sons, Nathan who is one and Aiden who is four, the same age as Aimee, and we couldn’t even begin to imagine going through what Aimee and her family are going through, which is why I’m hoping to help her get her dream.” To support Stephen visit www.justgiving.com/StevieG2014DrinkFree.