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A CHARITY helping addicts to keep hostel places has been saved by Lottery cash.

Norwich-based Norcas faced closing its specialist hostel in-reach drug and alcohol service for supported housing schemes in the Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill area as funding dried up.

The charity announced on Tuesday that the Big Lottery fund had stepped in to provide funding to safeguard the service until March 2013.The hostel in-reach scheme sends a worker into hostels to target residents at risk of losing their accommodation due to addiction.

Matt Wilson, head of fund-raising for Norcas, said, “The hostel in-reach service has literally saved people’s lives and it was very important to Norcas to be able to continue the service.”