A GREENOCK dad is giving up alcohol for a YEAR to raise money for a local children's charity.

Support worker Chris Paul is ringing in the changes as he reaches the end of his 30th year.

Before the bells he sipped his last taste of alcohol and is determined to stay sober in his 'no beer for a year' task.

He hopes to help send vulnerable families away on holiday through the charity Children in Poverty Inverclyde

Chris, of Cupar Drive in Greenock said: "I think it will be definitely be hard and a long 12 months.

"I drink socially with friends so it will be different - I will miss my bottles of Peroni and I can't even think about summer days with a beer!

"I go to the football and have a drink before and after games as well so that will be tricky too.

"I have had a big year, it was my 30th and we had lots of big celebrations and we also got married the year before.

"There has been so much happening I wanted to give up alcohol so I could feel the health benefits.

"And I will save an absolute fortune. "

But his family and friends have taken some convincing that he will stick it out.

Chris said: "My friends don't think I can do it at all.

"My wife is sceptical!"

In a bid to prove the doubters wrong and keep himself on track Chris vowed to turn the 12-month alcohol free challenge into a charity mission.

Chris who together with his wife Maxine, 28, a nurse, has a nine-year-old Zack and four-year-old daughter Aria, settled on helping Children in Poverty Inverclyde.

He said: "I chose Children in Poverty Inverclyde because they do great work.

"I felt that if I went public I couldn't back out.

"I am going to donate money to Children In Poverty every month and family and friends are going to do the same.

"I am looking forward to being the driver on nights out and enjoying lots of family time."

To support Chris's challenge visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chrispaul3?