Builder does eight-hour day for charity

A BUILDER has raised £1,000 for charity by doing an eight-hour day without buggering off to the pub, it has been confirmed.

Building contractor Roy Hobbs says fellow builders thought he was crazy when he challenged himself to do a normal working day without just disappearing at the first opportunity.

Hobbs said: “I wanted to raise money for the local hospital, and thought about doing a marathon but as a builder that’s less of a feat that just turning up and doing eight consecutive hours of work.

“All my builder friends just laughed and said it wasn’t possible.”

Cheered on by friends and relatives, Hobbs arrived at the site of his current job building an extension at nine, and worked until five with only 18 tea breaks.

He said: “The hardest part was that the sun was out, which really made me want to go to the pub.

“The voices in my head were telling me to stop laying bricks, construct some flimsy cover story about going to Travis Perkins, then go to the nearest pub with a Sky Sports banner.

“But I thought of how proud my kids would be of my full working day and pushed through. It was worth it but I don’t think I’d want to do it again!”