As I come to my end of my one year no beer a just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has sponsored me. To those that kept meaning to there is still time and if you want to continue to support Nottingham’s work even after this time it is much appreciated.
It has not been a normal year for any of us and if I had known there was going to be a global pandemic I would not have chosen this year to give up alcohol. Not been able to drink in the short space of time we were allowed to see friends didn’t bothered me as much as I thought it would. The tough days at work where I may have previously cracked open a bottle of wine have been slightly harder to deal with. I have discovered swimming in lakes and kayaking on the river as other ways to reduce my stress. Jigsaw and good books have also come in handy!
Despite the pandemic we have managed to purchase 2 new houses this year, one for women and babies and another for a family. The project for guys leaving rehab that I was also hoping would get underway this year is also back on track to hopefully open next year. The money raised has gone towards employing our newest member of the team Richard who is overseeing the set up of these new projects and will be our Empowerment worker supporting the guys in the post rehab project next year.
I am so grateful to everyone who has support be this year, my friends family and staff team. Thank you all so much.
Wishing you all a happy Christmas and better 2021!
This year I have decided to give up alcohol for the WHOLE year.
For some of you this might not seem like a challenge but for me this does feel life changing. Nights out, book group, camping, holidays and even church events involve alcohol for me. My competitive nature means I have to be one of the last men standing which also means one of the last ones still drinking.
This year I am aiming to try and live through these events without alcohol. I don’t plan to avoid but to experience them stone cold sober!
So the question is WHY?
For years I have worked with individuals in recovery from all kinds of addiction. I have seen their resilience and struggles and admire them for it. In a world where we are surrounded by alcohol and social pressure to drink it is often a hard task to abstain.
We are planning to open a house for those in recovery later this year. I plan on giving the money I would usually spend on alcohol each month towards the upstart costs of this project.
I am inviting you to share the journey with me. See me through the holidays, nights out and even my brothers wedding in the summer. I will regularly post updates and keep you informed.
If you can PLEASE support me by donating a monthly amount to encourage me to keep going. It will cost me around £6000 to set the project up and cover initial running costs. This means I need to get 100 people to sponsor me £5 a month to cover the costs. Please click on the donate button above to donate and select regular donation. Thanks :)
Finally if you see me with a drink in my hand this year feel free to check its alcohol free!