Ipswich landlord of The Arboretum undertakes Dry January challenge with friend to raise money for Bobby Bolton
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An Ipswich pub landlord and his friend are battling the nearby alcohol temptations and undertaking the ‘Dry January’ challenge to raise money for a local cause.
James Iannone, 38, the landlord of The Arboretum in High Street, and his friend Bethany Grotto (known as Debs), 38, are abstaining from alcohol from January 7 to February 7, and have already raised over £800 to help a young boy in need of physiotherapy.
Despite the challenge being made more difficult by Mr Iannone’s job, the pair have so far remained teetotal.
Mr Iannone said: “It’s quite difficult to say the least because you are surrounded by it 24/7.
“Debs and I are supporting each other which helps because we can remind each other we can do it.”
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The pair were inspired to undertake the challenge, after hearing of Bobby Bolton, the two-year-old from Sutton who suffers from brain damage. Money is being raised for physio to help him sit and walk unaided.
Mr Iannone added: “He has had quite a lot of problems and has been on life support, so I thought it would be a great way of raising money.”
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A 12-hour singathon has also been organised by Harmonix Karaoke in conjunction with The Arboretum on February 28, which will include a raffle and face painting to raise more money for the Bobby’s Wish cause.
To donate visit ‘James and Debs go dry for January on virginmoneygiving.com.