A CHARITY champion who has been teetotal for 12 months to raise cash for a poorly youngster cracked open a poignant drink on the stroke of New Year’s Day at his own father’s grave.
Micky Day, the driving force behind men’s cancer charity Miles for Men, decided to stay ‘dry’ for a whole year from New Year’s Day 2014 to raise money for tot Bradley Lowery who has battled neuroblastoma for the last two years.
And after successfully completing the year-long zero-alcohol challenge, and raising £4,500 to boot, the 41-year-old’s first drink was a miniature bottle of Jack Daniels – the last gift from his precious dad, Michael senior, before he died of throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.
So dad-of-four Micky, and some friends and family, went to his late father’s grave in Stranton Cemetery and at midnight drank the sentimental gift.
Micky, of Innes Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, said: “On New Year’s Day last year I just wanted to do something for one of the kids who was suffering so I picked Bradley Lowery and said ‘this is my last drink for a year’.
“No-one believed me, but I was determined to do it and on my sponsor form I’ve managed to get £4,500.”
He added: “I got a Jack Daniels miniature and a glass, which was the last present that my dad bought me before he passed away and I’ve never touched it, but that was my first drink at the cemetery at my dad’s grave.
“It was nice to be able to have a toast to my dad, and also think about the money raised for little Bradley.”
The cash boost from Micky will come as more good news for the family of Bradley.
His parents, Gemma and Carl Lowery, from Blackhall, were recently told that he is now showing no evidence of cancer in his body.