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Afternoon Tea on Sunday 6th November

 

Hello,

We’d love you¬†to join us for¬†Afternoon Tea at Rowheath Pavillion on Sunday 6th November at 2.00pm.

There’ll be tea, cake, music, children’s activities and a short¬†presentation about The Bridge’s work with those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Entry is just £5 per adult and £2.50 per child.

It’s going to be a¬†fantastic event, we’d love you to join us!

Get your tickets now at www.bridge-afternoon-tea.eventbrite.co.uk.

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My Opportunity of a Lifetime

The following¬†story has been re-produced with permission from the author. Names have been changed and stock photos have been used. All the details are exactly as originally written…

Hi, my name is Melissa and this is my story of how I have become part of The Bridge.

I have been a heroin and crack addict since 2006. My life was hectic, unmanageable and getting worse by the day. In mid-September 2015, I hit an all-time low. I was selling my body for money for my drugs, I was in and out of hostels and I had stolen money from my family, so even they had turned their back on me. On 23rd September, I collapsed and was rushed to hospital. I had blood clots in my leg due to injecting and a blood virus attacking my heart. Doctors told me that I had been very lucky to survive. I had also come close to losing my leg. I was told that if I continued the way I was then I wouldn’t see my 29th birthday, which was only four months away. That was my wake-up call.

When I was in the hospital, PC Lisa Williams, who worked with the working girls, came to see me. She told me that, that afternoon, there was to be a big intervention meeting about me, with all the local services that I was involved in, to see what help there was for me. One thing we agreed on was that I needed to re-locate. If I stayed where I was living, there was no way I could get clean.

That evening I received a phone call to say a place in Birmingham called The Bridge was probably the best option for me, but I needed to do a phone interview with them to make sure I met their criteria and that they were the right place for me. The phone interview happened the next day. The lady who I spoke to was called Zo√ę. I found her really easy to talk to and felt at ease straight away. Once the interview was over, Zo√ꬆsaid a team meeting would be held¬†to see if I could be accepted, and that she would get back to me ASAP. Well, I kept my fingers crossed all afternoon, as I felt this was the perfect place for me to do my recovery and start my life afresh. A couple of hours later the call came and I had been accepted. I could move in the following Monday – that was only four days away! I was so happy. I spent the next four days in hospital, mentally preparing myself for this, as I knew it wouldn’t be easy and I knew I would need to spend a good two years there in order to complete my recovery to my absolute best. I also knew then that my life would be in Birmingham. I was going to re-locate for good to give myself the best chance of succeeding.

To read the rest of Melissa’s story click here.

 

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How far would YOU walk to beat addiction?


The Bridge helps men and women beat drug and alcohol addiction. We are a Birmingham-based project, part of Oasis Church Trust Birmingham (registered charity 1084191).

On the weekend of 15th-17th July 2016, residents and staff from the project will be joining a group of people like you to take on the UK‚Äôs highest mountain peak… Ben Nevis, in Scotland.

Could you join us and help raise much-needed support for the men and women at the project?

The cost of taking part in the event is:

£85 including transport and 2 nights’ accommodation

£35 if arranging own transport

We are asking participants to try and raise £300 in sponsorship.

Interested? For more details on the weekend, including a full Ben Nevis Challenge information document, please email ben@thebridge.uk.net or call 0121 663 0103.

 

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Exhilarating, breath-taking, life-changing…

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2016

1) Why should I come?

It’s exhilarating, it’s breath-taking, it’s life-changing. And it’s helping change the lives of people who’ve struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Come hear their stories for yourselves and share an amazing experience together!

2) Is it expensive?

No! The total booking cost is ¬£85 (¬£35 if you’re arranging your own travel). This will cover your travel, accommodation and main meals for the weekend. All money raised from sponsorship will go towards helping men and women recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

3) How do I book in?

Simply drop me an email at ben@thebridge.uk.net to let me know you’re interested. I’ll send you an information document with all the details… We’d love as many people to come along as we can fit!

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Charles Kennedy tribute

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The premature and sad loss of former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy reminds us that alcohol addiction affects the greatest, as well as the least, in our society

Last month The Guardian wrote this informative tribute: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/02/charles-kennedy-former-leader-of-liberal-democrats-dies-aged-55

Every life lost to alcohol addiction is a sad loss to society. Which is why The Bridge fights for every single resident who comes to us in order to change their life around . . .

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