Three loyal drinkers at Toothill Community Centre bar gave up the booze in support of Macmillan Cancer Support Go Sober for October campaign.
Robert Porteous, Steve McNally and Ian Baxter managed to raise £1,107.
Steve said: “I’ve been drinking in the club for over 30 years; Rob, Ian and I meet up most evenings after work. One day we were talking about how many people were being treated for cancer and those who had passed on because of it.
“Then we started challenging each other to raise money for Macmillan and we agreed to have a go. Nobody thought we could do it but we showed them.”
Ian said: “The drinkers at The Windmill pub in Freshbrook and my workmates at Swindon Grab Hire gave me a lot of encouragement. It’s a sobering thought the number of people we know with cancer or have died.”
Robert added: “We had lots of support from people in the centre bar, even though they put a lot of temptation in front of us. They were surprised we could deny ourselves, after all we’re here drinking most of the week. Bar takings were down in October, but we made up for it since.”
Steve Goodrick, Macmillan fundraising manager for Wiltshire, said: “It’s a fantastic total. It’s so impressive to know how people are willing to change their ways to help the charity. The money raised is so important to help us provide support to people diagnosed with cancer.”