Foggy Pulls Out The ‘Stops’ to Raise Over £3500

Local lad Chris ‘Foggy’ Curtis has raised an astonishing £3,639 for Sophie’s Appeal in a special ‘Stoptober Challenge’ – to give up alcohol for one whole month. Chris Curtis (36) used to drink 10 pints a day, every day, for the last 19 years, usually at his regular watering hole – The Grantham Arms in Eastleigh. His partner did not believe he could abstain from his favourite tipple, so Chris was determined to prove her wrong.

Over the coming weeks, 165 of his friends and family supported the challenge, which lasted the entire month of October.

Chris commented: “I decided to take part in the challenge to prove to my partner Natalie that I could do it. She told me categorically that I wouldn’t be able to, and now she’s so proud. I chose to raise money for Sophie’s Appeal because it’s a charity that is close to my heart. I have known the Barringer family for a long time and regularly go to their fundraising events. It was really tough, especially the first couple of weeks, and I absolutely loved my first pint after completing the challenge. Without a doubt I have exceeded my expectations, I never dreamt I would raise that amount of money and I have to admit I do feel healthier.”

Chris presented the enormous donation to Sophie’s Appeal Patron and ex-Southampton footballer James Beattie, at The Grantham Arms his local watering hole. The monies will go towards families and their sick children having some much needed family time together, visiting Marwell and enjoying the Santa experience, along with trips to see Cinderella and Shrek the Musical at the Mayflower Theatre.

Lin added: “What Chris has achieved is amazing, and he will be putting a smile on so many children’s faces over this festive season and beyond. 10 years ago today Sophie lost her battle to Wilm’s Disease and to receive this money from Chris today on the anniversary of Sophie’s passing is a fitting tribute to her lasting memory.”