Brothers’ year of charity challenges – including not touching alcohol for a year

Martin Dunn looking horrified at being offered a drink by his brother James
Martin Dunn looking horrified at being offered a drink by his brother James

TWO kind-hearted brothers have set themselves a 12-month challenge that could involve them being high and dry.

Martin and James Dunn aim to raise at least £10,000 for four different charities throughout 2014.

The first main sponsored event for the pair is a skydive in March.

Martin, 23, is also having a dry year by not letting a drop of alcohol touch his lips – which he says was hard during Sunderland’s win over Manchester United on Wednesday.

The charities the brothers, from Easington Village, will support are:

• Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma, and Easington Social Welfare Centre, where the pair’s late grandfather, Cyril Dunn, was secretary.

• Other causes to benefit are the Newcastle-based Freeman Hospital’s Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), where medics gave their friend, Andy Brown’s three-year-old daughter, Lacey Toni, two life-saving operations.

• Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), in honour of Kasia Ber, the sister of the pair’s pal, Chris Ber, who died aged 17, in 2005, from rare heart condition Long QT syndrome, will also benefit.

Martin, a Barclay’s Bank worker and freelance journalist, and James, an 18-year-old Rolls-Royce apprentice, are also planning sponsored bike rides, runs, walks and other events throughout the year.

Martin said: “Last year I decided to do charity work.

“We just want to help people that are close to the area and causes close to mine and James’ heart. We’re very big on community spirit and love where we come from.”