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A sobering thought as former publican skips booze to raise charity cash

'I thought I would give something back so I went sober for October. It was very difficult as I do like a drink.'

12 November, 2016 — By Alina Polianskaya

Richard Meighan will present money raised from a teetotal month at the Gunmakers pub

A FORMER publican from St John’s Wood has raised more than £1,200 for a cancer charity after giving up alcohol for a month.

Richard Meighan took up the Sober October challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support after his wife Rosemary was diagnosed with cancer.

Now retired, he said: “My wife has got lung cancer at the moment and Macmillan have been very good to us. They are always there for you, always on the end of the phone if you need them.

“I thought I would give something back so I went sober for October. It was very difficult as I do like a drink.

“I’ve run pubs over the years so I know what it is like.”

But, tough as it was, Mr Meighan swapped booze for orange juice and made it through the month.

A special event will take place on November 25 at The Gunmaker’s Arms in Aybrook Street, when he will present the money to the charity. There will also be a raffle on the day to raise more funds for Macmillan.

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