Russell Brand boosts backing for Focus12

Focus 12 gets �106,000 funding'Chip Somers

Focus 12 gets �106,000 funding'Chip Somers

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A COUPLE have signed a four year contract to support Focus12 after seeing Russell Brand praise the addiction charity in a documentary.

The documentary, Russell Brand: Addiction to Recovery, broadcast on BBC3 last Thursday resulted in an immediate boost in donations to the Bury St Edmunds charity.

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But for Chevington Finance and Leasing managing director Clive Morris and his wife Debbie, it was the final push they needed to commit to their company signing a long term support package.

They have agreed to donate £106,000 over four years to the charity, which bases its treatment on abstinence instead of alternative drugs like methadone.

Its chief executive, Chip Summers, said: “What’s important to us is that they’ve made a commitment for four years.

“You’ve got a donation every month, which is going to take the sting off the wage bill. It will help the cashflow.”

It costs £5,000 to put a client through Focus12’s treatment programme.

Debbie and Clive said Focus12 was ‘already on the radar’ for them because of the way it had helped their employee Emily McMillan.

Clive said: “Emily worked for us many years ago in a previous business and went to the City where she fell off the rails.

“She was at a real low when she came into Chip’s programme and they turned her round.

“She came back to work for us and she’s now one of the most important members of our team.

“For some time we were looking to do something with Focus12, then we saw the programme and made the decision.”

Emily said she thinks her addiction had been coming for a long time but City life ‘helped me reach the bottom faster’.

“I came to Focus12 and got a huge amount of support,” she said. “They helped me recover, to change my life, really.

“Debbie and Clive came in behind that, re-employed me and helped me get back into society.”

Debbie added: “It helps people reach their full potential, which you can’t if you’re taking something else.”

Chip agreed: “One of the problems if you’re on methadone is it holds you back. With cigarettes people accept abstinence works, but they don’t accept it with drugs.”

Clive urged other companies to help either by backing Focus12 financially or by helping its former clients to get back to work.

For more information on Focus12 visit www.focus12.co.uk