Michael Crotty gave up alcohol for a month to raise funds St. Catherine’s Hospice who cared for his dad before his death.
The Preston dad went 35 days alcohol-free to support a cause very close to his heart. Michael wanted to raise money for St.Catherine’s after the tragic loss of his dad last year.
He explains how well the hospice cared for his dad during his last days:
“I wanted to raise money for St Catherine’s since early last year, as I lost my Dad in April 2019 to cancer and his last day was spent there. They couldn’t have done enough for us, it’s a fantastic place in a bad period of your life. I wasn’t in a good place to raise money last year and it just suddenly happened this year.”
The Preston dad was blown away by the support he received from family and friends for his fundraiser:
“I do like a drink when socialising, and with lockdown briefly being lifted I’d had a busy August and on the 30th August, I just thought, hey, let’s do sober September! So I set up a link on Facebook with a £300 target, not really expecting to get that, but within a week or 2 I’d already hit it, and now I’m at around £750. I am lucky to have a good group of family and friends.”
The temptation never got the better of Michael as he stayed strong throughout and enjoy his first drink in over a month last weekend:
“I was tempted for a drink but it never EVER came close, once I got the first donation in, that was it. I even had people I’d never met donating. Now I know how many people have had help from St Catherines, and even though most of the stories are sad, it’s been nice to talk about my dad and hear their experiences.
“I’ll definitely be raising money for them again, maybe something different though haha. Although my first drink was yesterday and it was a great day, seeing people again during a difficult time for everyone with lockdown. It’s been a fantastic experience.”