The first few days of my Go Sober for October challenge, by Mike Houghton, Macmillan Wales Fundraising Manager

Go Sober for October challenges social drinkers to give up alcohol for a month to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Across the UK, 67,484 ‘soberheroes’ have already raised £1,640,940 for Macmillan – and they’re only a week and a half into the challenge.

Among them is Macmillan Wales’s very own Mike Houghton.


Mike is our fundraising manager for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot – and says he signed up to Go Sober partly as a social challenge but also because he wants to lead by example. His job involves supporting individuals, groups and businesses with their fundraising efforts and he feels it’s important to get involved in fundraising himself. He’s already close to meeting his £150 sponsorship target – and he still has 20 days to go!

Mike has been keeping a video diary of his challenge – you can catch up with his first one here.

In this week’s vlog, he talks about the challenges of starting his Go Sober journey while on holiday in France – the land of red wine.

One in three of us will get cancer, with more than 130,000 people in Wales currently living with and beyond cancer.

The money raised by Go Sober for October will help Macmillan continue to provide services in Wales, including funding nurses, physiotherapists, welfare benefits advisers and our information centres in some of Wales’s hospitals, as well as campaigning for better cancer care for patients. .

You can view Mike’s vlogs on the Macmillan Wales YouTube page, here on our blog, or via our Facebook or Twitter pages

For more information on Go Sober, or to sign up, visit the website

You can sponsor Mike here.

For information or support from Macmillan, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm) or visit




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