Still not poured ice water over my head, but I did complete my challenge of only drinking tap water for a week.
I can't even begin to thank all those who donated so generously to the cause and Frank Water - in all seriousness and with no bullshit, every one of you has saved at least one life. The access to fresh, clean and safe water is something we take for granted, but as I have said so many times, to witness people drinking and washing in water that is green and brown really does test your limits as a human.
People you will never meet or know will have a better life, and I really can't express my happiness at the generousity of friends and strangers alike.
So, just a quick review of the week.
I had a few beers on Sunday evening in preparation of having a week of tap water... and woke up Monday feeling fine. Debbie had a coffee and juice, I had water - and that is pretty much how the week went! No beers, no wine, no juice, no coffee or tea, and to be honest it was the coffee and juice at breakfast that I missed the most over the week.
A headache from Monday lunchtime until Sunday was not expected or welcome, the feeling of being really hungry to not wanting anything at all to eat as the days moved by was quite weird. Without being too graphic, my urine was strong and dark all week, despite drinking pint after pint of water, and I constantly felt thirsty. Keeping me grounded was the fact that my thirst was solved by walking to a tap, not walking miles or drinking contaminated water.
I made it through #PizzaFriday with no issues, and even Saturday afternoon passed with no massive desire for a beer. Sunday though was a different matter. A walk in the country side around some gardens and lakes, followed by a drive home through villages where pub gardens were full of people enjoying a beer in the sun - I have never fancied a pint so much. Had Debbie not been there I can assure you I would have cracked, but she kept me straight - mainly by refusing to stop the car!
And that was it - Monday I went back to a couple of espressos to start the day with some fruit juice, and after work I stopped at the first pub I passed for a pint - which happens to be the Wetherspoons on the M40 services at Beaconsfield. Annoyingly they didn't take my 50p off voucher, and only had London Pride, but I felt it was needed :-)
Thanks again to all - and just in case you fancy boosting the total just that little bit more, the link is here - Click me to donate :-)
For those wondering how grey my hair is getting - here is a pic of me drinking beer.