School comes to the rescue of charity in Bury St Edmunds

Chip Somers, chief executive of Focus12
Chip Somers, chief executive of Focus12
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A Bury St Edmunds school has come to the rescue of a highly regarded charity that had been forced to scrap an important event in its social calendar.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity Focus12 holds an annual reunion to give former addicts the chance to share their experiences.

For the past two years it has held the event at The Apex but increased costs at the venue meant that was not an option this year.

Last week, Chip Somers, chief executive of Focus12, said there was nowhere else in Bury big enough to accommodate the event.

But King Edward VI School (Kegs) has happily proved him wrong and is juggling bookings so it can host the event on August 25.

Mr Somers said he was ‘really touched’ by the way the community responded to Focus12’s need, with several offers made, although no others were suitable.

“We’re very lucky that Kegs has a facility to cope with the event we’re running,” he said.

Geoff Barton, headteacher of Kegs, said: “We’re a big supporter of the charity. When we saw the news in the Bury Free Press last week we decided to do what we could to help.

“It perhaps isn’t as grand as The Apex but it’ll certainly fit everybody Chip and the team need all together.”