Rehab charity receives thousands

Steve Magnall, Greene King's deputy MD, will be presenting Chip Somers, chief executive of Focus12, with the funds raised during May's festival charity ball
Steve Magnall, Greene King's deputy MD, will be presenting Chip Somers, chief executive of Focus12, with the funds raised during May's festival charity ball
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A DRUG and alcohol rehabilitation centre has received a major cash boost from a leading town brewery.

Focus 12, in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, has been given £20,292.75 by Greene King, which was collected through a charity fund-raising ball. The cash is enough to put seven people through the centre’s residential treatment programme.

Chip Somers, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We believe this to be a very brave and enlightened stance for Greene King to take, acknowledging some people do get into trouble with alcohol and help must be available for those people. We’re extremely grateful for the support they’ve given us. It’s very hard for a charity dealing with the subject we deal with to find people prepared to support us.”

Steve Magnall, deputy managing director of Greene King Brewing and Brands, added: “We are immensely proud to support Focus 12. It’s a charity that battles for funding, as many others do in this current economic climate, so we’re glad to be able to hand over this cheque. Focus 12 need continued support – they are a local charity and do an enormously important job helping over 70 per cent recover from their addiction.