COULD you go a year without chocolate and sweets?
Teenager Simone Bratley has abstained from her favourite choccies since January 1.
Now the 13-year-old All Saints Catholic College pupil has just a few more days to go without the treats.
On New Year’s Day she will have managed a full year and raised hundreds of pounds for charity in the process.
Simone, whose grandfather runs Leeds road pub Ricky’s, said the challenge had been easier than expected.
She said: “I just fancied doing a challenge and then my grandad said why not get some sponsors.
“In the beginning it was harder and I was eating lots of bread but as the year continued it’s been all right. My friends have tried to persuade me to have some, but I haven’t. I raffled my Easter eggs and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I will give away any Christmas chocolate I get to friends and family.”
The impressive feat has raised more than £400, which the family will be giving to either the new Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield or Martin House children’s hospice at Boston Spa. After more than 350 days without chocolate Simone said she could barely remember what it tasted like.
But she will not be going mad on January 1. “I’ll probably have a Galaxy or a Dairy Milk, but I’m not going to have lots,” she said.