HE can’t touch a drop of booze as he serves his country in war-torn Afghanistan.
But RAF firefighter David Haigh and his chums can’t help but think about a good British pint of beer.
And that thirst has been quenched by kindness and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest – all for the sake of a barrel of beer!
The money they raised with a sponsored ladder climb has been spent on funding some of the drink at today’s Colne Valley Lions’ charity beer festival.
With the help of colleagues at his base thousands of miles away, David completed a mammoth fundraising task to sponsor a beer barrel at this week’s charity event.
John Daker from Colne Valley Lions said he was delighted that David’s efforts meant festival visitors could enjoy that little drop extra.
He said: “It’s brilliant – instead of being able to spend money on beer himself he’s sending it back for all of us here to enjoy!”
Senior Aircraftsman David, of Wellhouse, is currently stationed at Camp Bastion with the Royal Air Force Fire and Rescue Service.
Armed forces are banned from drinking alcohol in Afghanistan, which got David and his co-workers thinking about doing something to help people back home.
They raised cash by setting up their ladders and climbing up to the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain at over 29,000ft.
The men were cheered on by other firefighters and soldiers based at the camp who also sponsored them.
Cash raised by David and his team was split between Children in Need and the festival.
They raised enough to fund one of the beer festival’s barrels.
Mr Daker said: “David’s mum, Rachel, is a member of our club and as he has to be teetotal he obviously felt it would be nice to raise money to support our festival instead.
“David and his colleagues have done a brilliant job and their efforts will help us raise important funds for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, the charity we are supporting this year.
“With all the bad news coming out about Afghanistan it’s nice to be able to have a bit of good news like this for the people back home.”
This year’s Colne Valley Lions beer festival features 32 kinds of beer – all sponsored by local companies.
The three-day festival, which each year raises money for a local charity, also features a variety of entertainment.
Taking place at Slaithwaite Conservative Club on Britannia Road in Slaithwaite the event is running today between 6pm and 11.30pm tomorrow from noon until late.