This time of year people are normally struggling to keep up their New Years resolutions but two darts players from Bolton are still going strong with their pledge to give up beer and takeaways for three months.
Darren Bentley and Fergal Hughes began their challenge on New Year’s Day and won’t be able to touch a drop of ale or bite of chow mein again until April 1.The pair, who play for Pat’s Lads, based at Rumworth Hall in Daubhill, are taking on the challenge to raise money for the Meningitis Now.
Darren is familiar with the disease, as his cousin’s daughter Mia, is currently recovering from meningitis, while his wife’s cousin’s daughter, Orlagh, lost her life to the disease aged just 21 months.
The 45-year-old said: “It’s very important to us. Three months of pain for me and Fergal is better than a lifetime of heartache for parents.”
Speaking about the challenge he said: “It’s going to be a nightmare. I’ve done it for one month, but not three before. I think it will affect the way I play at first. Most players need one drink to steady the nerves!”
He added: "I'm not being branded a failure — that's not an option. I know it's going to be hard but once you've committed, you've committed."
And Darren, who is secretary of the Triple D darts league, has also found a way to raise money through his team-mates.
He said: "They're all supporting us and as I'm able to dictate the fixtures for the league, I've made all our matches away. I will be driving and I've said if everyone gives me £2 a time all the money will go towards it."
The pair who have the support of their friends and family and are hoping to raise £2,000 for Meningitis Now.