Welwyn Garden City man's Dry January fundraising success
PUBLISHED: 12:55 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:00 04 March 2019
From the other side of his 'ultimate' Dry January, a Welwyn Garden City man is relieved that the month has passed - and that he's raised a hefty sum for charity.
Brian Scott said he was “a bit dizzy” when he had his coffee of the year on February 1.
“It was wonderful, wonderful,” he said, in a tone of deep relief.
The idea of an ‘ultimate’ Dry January is that you don’t just forego the booze, but also any refreshments other than plain water.
Brian wouldn’t even allow himself fizzy water, or a twist of lemon in his drink.
“That’s the whole point,” he said. “It’s meant to be difficult.”
He was surprised to find that he missed his morning coffee far more than he missed a pint, even though he works behind the bar at Haldens Sports and Social Club.
When people offered him a drink, he tipped the money towards his fundraising goal.
He took on the challenge to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity that is close to his and wife Gillian’s hearts as the illness took away three of their children at an early age.
He and Gill devoted their lives to helping young people through fostering, but still wanted to do something else.
He’s delighted to have officially raised £1,370, but he believes the figure is higher because of all the people who will have donated directly at the charity in his name instead.
But the challenge took some willpower.
To help him along, unbeknownst to him Gill had been ‘watering down’ his December coffees with decaf so he would be prepared for the jump on January 1.
Nonetheless, the lack of a hot cup of joe in the mornings was tough.
“I didn’t think it would be a problem,” said Brian. “That’s the bit I took for granted.”
Contrary to expectations, Brian actually put on weight, which he puts down to comfort eating.
“I can’t believe I put on a stone and I’ve got to go on a diet,” he said. “It’s never ending!”
He’s grateful for his family’s and his community’s support.
Being not much of a drinker herself, Gill didn’t tantalise him by guzzling back glasses of Merlot while he was on the wagon.
Gill believes it’s been good for the family all round, including the relationship between Brian and their surviving son, Ricky. “I think that my son and my husband got closer while he was doing something so important,” she said. “It was nice that they were able to express that common bond.”