‘Dry’ David’s charity fund raiser boost for Maggie’s

PROFITS in Royton pubs may have dropped during July when David Bibby went tee total for the month.

Suzanne, Tom, David and Trish

But David’s dry spell has provided a financial boost to Maggie’s cancer care centre.

And he recently popped in to the centre at the Royal Oldham Hospital to present a cheque to staff for £1,500.

“I got roped into it but I am glad I was,” said David, former chair of Shaw and Crompton Parish Council.

“All the lads thought I wouldn’t be able to do it but said they would put some money together if I managed it.

“To be honest it was fairly easy because I did expect it to be harder than it was.

“But when you are doing it for a charity there is something to aim for. It is a very good cause and it is local.”

David, a regular at the Carters Arms on Oldham Road, also took sponsorship forms to other local pubs including the Duke of York and Rumours.

His total was also boosted by £150 from his employers, Computech, plus nearly £300 from close friend, Ben Smith.

“I’m hoping there will be a bit more money to come in the near future because the Carters Arms is holding a barbecue,” he added.

David says he will be tempted to go dry again in the future but for now he’s enjoying his regular cider tipple.

“I could definitely taste the apples when I had my first pint,” he laughed.

• Maggie’s is now signing up participants for their Culture Crawl on Friday, September 27. The 10K night walk takes in “Oldham’s most interesting culture, fascinating buildings, live entertainment, food and a taster of the programme of support offered at the centre.”

To find out how to take part visit the website: www.maggiescentres.org/ccoldham

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