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