Booze free for the hospice

Joe Casey toasts a dry year in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice
Joe Casey toasts a dry year in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice

A HOSPICE fundraiser says he will resist temptation as he attempts a year without a drop of booze.

After enjoying his last sip of alcohol on New Year’s Eve, Joe Casey, 35, said he will now not touch a tipple until the year is out.

The social worker, who lives in the Park Road area of Hartlepool, admits it will be tough to go without even a drop of the drink of his choice, Guinness or Jack Daniels, but is confident he will last the pace.

“I was thinking about giving up alcohol anyway and then I thought I could probably raise quite a bit of money for charity by making it a challenge,” said Joe.

“I have done a few things in the past for the hospice and for other charities so I thought I would give this a go.

“I have been going out on a weekend since my teens so this is a huge challenge for me.

“But by setting myself the target I think that will motivate me to do it and I won’t fall short.”

Joe chose the hospice because of the valuable work they do for people from the local area and he is hoping his challenge inspires others to get involved.

“I would love others to get involved,” he said.

“The more people who get involved, the more money we will raise for the hospice.”

Greg Hildreth, Hartlepool & District Hospice fundraiser, said, “I would like to wish Joe all the very best for this long challenge and hope he reaps the benefits of being sober whilst raising lots of money for our charity.

“Everything raised will, of course, go towards funding patient care at the Hospice.”

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To join Joe in his charity challenge contact the hospice fundraising Team on (01429) 855555.