Sheffield charity worker’s dry January

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A Sheffield charity worker has raised more than £1,000 for Sheffield Rape Crisis Centre – by cutting out alcohol for a month.

Beth Speake, aged 27, from Woodseats, decided to go dry in order to raise money for the centre where she works.

She said: “Anyone who knows me well, knows my favourite pastime is spending an evening in the pub with a pint.

“That’s why I decided to do a dry month – my friends and family knew it would be hard for me, so I hoped they would be generous.”

Beth originally set herself a target of £150, but had to raise it after she beat her target on the first day.

She has now raised £1,180 for the charity, which provides specialist services for female survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Sheffield.

Services include a telephone helpline and face to face counselling services for girls aged 13 and upwards.

However, Beth said she has no plans to repeat her alcohol-free challenge in future fundraising efforts, however.

She said: “Next time I’ll do a bungee jump.”

* For help and support, call Sheffield Rape Crisis on 0114 244 7936.