A BOOZE-FREE fundraiser stayed dry for a year and doubled his target for a town charity.
Labourer Lliam Broom, 25, savoured every last drop of his last pint for 12 months with his pals at the Tech Rugby Club, in Wiltshire Way, on New Year’s Day, in 2013.
And then he managed to stay away from the sauce for a year, before he enjoyed a well-deserved pint on January 1, this year.
He admitted it was tough at times but Lliam’s dedication to the cause resulted in him raising £1,500 for Hartlepool & District Hospice, double his initial £750 target.
“I chose to support the hospice because they help people from the local community in a variety of different ways and it was my commitment to support the hospice that kept me motivated throughout the year,” said Lliam, who lives in the Throston area of town.
Lliam had initially planned to give up booze for a year for his own sake but when his friends told him he wouldn’t hack it, he told them to sponsor him and he would do it to raise cash for the cause.
“I did have some tough times,” he laughed.
“There were a few times where my mates were tempting me but they were a big support most of the time during the challenge.”
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, added: “Lliam has done a fantastic job, not only in his fundraising but also to go alcohol free for a whole year, it’s a great achievement for a young lad.”
Liam, a season ticket holder at Hartlepool United, thanked the Tech Rugby Club, Millhouse pub, Globe pub and The Fishermans Arms for their support during the challenge.