Ipswich landlord of The Arboretum undertakes Dry January challenge with friend to raise money for Bobby Bolton

James Iannone and Bethany Grotto who have raised £800 for Bobby's Wish by taking part in the Dry Jan

James Iannone and Bethany Grotto who have raised £800 for Bobby's Wish by taking part in the Dry January Challenge.Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

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.

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