Film star praises charity

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COMEDIAN Russell Brand was just six months away from ending up in prison, a lunatic assulym or dying when he turned to a Bury St Edmunds organisation for help, he has revealed.

The TV and film star in an interview with Piers Morgan on Saturday, told how his agent introduced him to Chip Somers at Focus 12, in Risbygate Street, in 2002.

“Chip said you need to stop taking drugs right now or in six months you’ll be in prison, a lunatic asylum or dead,” Russell said.

His mother told how she was ‘frightened’ she’d get a call to say that ‘something had happened to him’.

Chip, who was also interviewed for the show, said: “There is no such thing as an old junkie. He was heading in the direction of being really messed up.”

Russell is now a patron of the drink and drugs rehabilitation charity alongside Davina McCall.

The charity has been left with a £130,000 funding shortfall after its contract with the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team ended at the beginning of this month.