Booze is banned for October

Darren Travis (right) and his brother Carl
Darren Travis (right) and his brother Carl

A postman from Nuthall has ditched the booze for a month as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Go Sober for October campaign.

Darren Travis, 39, donated bone marrow to his brother Carl and said the support the family received from the charity at the time was fantastic.

Darren, of Kimberley Road, Nuthall is almost at the end of his sober month and says that it has been hard but he has resisted all temptation and has not touched a drop of alcohol.

However, Darren admits that he is already fantasising about having a pint of Carling at the end of the month when he goes on holiday to Lanzarote.

He says: “It’s been hard considering I like my football and a pint to relax on the weekend.

“But: “I do a lot for cancer charities and I’m an early morning postman so am restricted to when I can drink.

“I did the one in January and my energy levels were phenomenal afterwards.”

Darren has personal motivation to get through the month sober too as his brother suffered from cancer several years ago.

“It’s a great thing to do because our family have been affected by cancer.

“My brother had lymphoblastic lymphoma almost 15 years ago and I was a bone marrow donor for him.

“When Carl was being treated the charity arranged rooms for us to sleep.

“I’ve seen how people suffer and wanted to give something back.”

Darren will be best man at Carl’s wedding next year and says that staying off the booze for a month will also help him lose weight.

So far this month, £1,738,861 has been raised nationally for Macmillan by people who have sworn off alcohol, and Darren is hoping to raise as much as possible.

“I don’t have a fundraising target. I just want to raise as much as possible.

“I think anybody should do the same.

“It’s nothing, it’s 31 days.

“People who have cancer would love to have 31 days to do something.

“Some people get diagnosed and their lives end within weeks.

He adds: “I see life completely differently now - knowing I have done something that saved my brother’s life. I don’t want a medal, I would do it for anyone.

“If patients needed to talk Macmillan were always there.”

Darren is encouraging others to sign up to the donor register, which he said is like giving blood.

He will also be performing next month with his 80s rock group, of which he is the frontman, in aid of cancer charity PASIC (Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children).

The gig will run from 2pm until 11pm on November 22 at Shipley Working Mens Club in Heanor, and entry is £6 on the door.

l You can sponsor Darren at gosober.org.uk.