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Eye man goes 'Sober for October' to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Barry Beamish would normally have a pint or two four times a week.

FOUR WEEKS SOBER: Barry Beamish with his wife Christine. Picture by Mecha Morton.
FOUR WEEKS SOBER: Barry Beamish with his wife Christine. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Last month, the real ale lover decided to give up drinking to raise money for charity – and to lose weight.

Go Sober for October is an initiative by Macmillan Cancer Support, which encourages people to go alcohol-free for 31 days to raise money for people living with cancer.

Barry, who is 71, wanted to join the movement.

The father-of-four from Eye said: “We all know someone who is suffering from cancer or who has lost someone to cancer. I myself have lost people. I wanted to help raise money for the charity and I also wanted to lose some weight.”

His children supported him from the start.

He said: “They instantly believed I was going to follow through with this. Because when I say I’m going to do something, I stick to it.”

Barry fulfilled his personal goals and managed to raise £432, losing one stone in the process.

What he described as hard was being part of social outings to pubs or attending the bowls club.

“You don’t feel quite a part of everything if you go to the pub and everyone else is drinking,” he said.

Barry’s abstinence was supported by the Borough of Eye Bowls Club, family, friends and the pub The Queen’s Head.

Last year, 75,000 people signed up for Go Sober for October, raising £5 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Barry added that he will consider doing it again.

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