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Unbeer-lievable challenge raises £660 for hospice
A company director got into the fundraising spirit and raised £660 for a hospice by giving up alcohol for a month.
Clive Wellman, 48, has always enjoyed having a social drink with his friends so challenging himself to a Dryathlon in September for Saint Francis Hospice was a very sobering experience.
"It was quite hard as during that time I went on two holidays and there were a few parties," said Clive, a company director for a flooring contractor, from Gidea Park.
"I decided to do it because I knew it wouldn't be easy and a lot of people thought I wouldn't be able to do it.
"I don't drink much these days but knowing I couldn't drink really made me want to.
"I am really glad I did it. I certainly feel a lot healthier for it."
Since 2012 the father of two has raised £7,000 for the charity, which is especially close to his heart after its Hospice at Home team cared for his wife Louise before she died of cancer in June 2013.
"I wanted to do the Dryathlon for the hospice because it is a local charity and what it does for people and what it has done for me and my family is great.
"It might be me needing the hospice one day.
"There are so many local services that are drifting away so it is important that we all do our bit for the community."
Clive said his wife used to love attending the hospice balls with her friends and he now has three leaves on the stunning Memory Tree in remembrance of Louise, his father and father-in-law, who also died in recent years.
Linda Borg, Fundraising Co-ordinator at the hospice praised Clive's fundraising efforts.
"The fun and exciting ways people go about raising money for the hospice never cease to amaze us," said Linda.
"We are truly grateful to Clive for taking up this personal challenge and for all the support he has given over the years."
Clive and family visit the Memory Tree at Saint Francis Hospice. The tree includes leaves with the names of his father, wife and father-in-law. From left to right: George Wellman, Lily Wellman, Val Twiddy (Clive's mother-in-law) and Clive Wellman.