Barnsley man completes year-long booze-free challenge

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A Barnsley man who spent all of his 42nd year alcohol free is urging others across the county to ditch the booze this January and raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Last year, Wayne Wall, of Worsbrough, decided to take part in Dryathlon, the annual New Year charity fundraising campaign where ‘Dryathletes’ pledge to ditch the drink for January. Participants either get sponsored or donate the money they would otherwise spend on alcohol to charity.

But Wayne became the ultimate Dryathlete by setting himself the even bigger challenge of spending a whole year sober, starting on his 42nd birthday on November 27 2013, and finishing just a few weeks ago on his 43rd birthday.

He was inspired to raise money for Cancer Research UK due to friends and family who have been touched by cancer. He had seen his late granddad, Jake Izzard, go through skin cancer aged 89, but luckily it was caught in time and after successful treatment he lived on to the grand age of 93.

Wayne, who regards himself as a moderate, social drinker, said: “It was tough at first as starting in November meant it was only four weeks to Christmas but I got through the festive season without any cravings.”

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