Ex-alcoholic from Chorley to raise funds for charity
A shopping centre worker will use an unusual mode of transport to raise money for the charity which supported him during a difficult time in his life.
Chris Sumner will ride a unicycle on the streets around Market Walk in Chorley, where he works as a cleaner, for four hours on Saturday to raise money for Chorley Clients Forum (CCF) which gives life-long support for recovering alcoholics.
The 48-year-old father-of-three was at his lowest point a decade ago and credits CCF for providing him with the vital after support which has helped him return to good health.
Chris, who lives with his partner on Pall Mall, said: “I used to be a very bad alcoholic.
“Sometimes I was going to work after having a pint of vodka at breakfast.
“I got to the stage where I was drinking perhaps 12 to 14 cans of strong lager, two boxes of wine and a bottle of whisky or vodka and another half bottle of spirits in a 24-hour period.
“At the time I was doing some landscape gardening work and some painting and decorating.
“I don’t know how I did it. I was eating probably once a week; I’d have a bacon sandwich on a Friday.
“I got in a bad way and ended up in hospital where they put me on a drip. I was in for just over a week but then I discharged myself.”
He was referred to a drugs and alcohol service but found himself binge drinking at weekends.
Chris found it was no use aiming to be teetotal but has managed to emerge from his drinking nightmare by shunning spirits.
But it was the on-going support from CCF which Chris really found helpful and he still tries to attend their weekly sessions at Chorley library.
Chris has unicycled before and raised about £600 for them and hopes to raise anything between £1,000 and £2,000. Sponsorship forms will be available on the day at Market Walk.
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