Plymouth is to hold its third annual Recovery Walk on 30 August, to mark the launch of the UK National Recovery Month in September.
The event, sponsored by Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team, is coordinated by the Plymouth charity Broadreach House, in partnership with other local services including SURF, the local service users’ forum, Hamoaze House, Salvation Army, Plymouth House, SMART/Time 4 Change, NA and Open Recovery Network.
Broadreach House CEO, Gina Dormer, says: “Drug and alcohol addiction is something that touches the lives of people every day. By joining together and celebrating in a visible and transparent fashion we hope to diminish some of the stigmas and misconceptions around addiction and recovery, and give hope to those still struggling with substance misuse. Recovery means different things to different people, and this is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of addiction. We are the faces of your shop assistants, school teachers, doctors and nurses, and we want the event to demonstrate the joy of lives reclaimed and to celebrate the healing within individuals, and also their families, friends and the wider community.
“The event is inclusive of all types of recovery gained through any chosen path, and it is recognised that recovery is sought and found in all different ways and walks of life, and we want to celebrate the achievements made by individuals, and also give thought to those who have lost their lives through their individual struggles with addiction. The amount of planning and partnership working that has been undertaken this year has been phenomenal and we hope that this will be the biggest, best and most celebrated recovery walk yet.”
All are welcome to join in the celebrations of the day, which commence with registration on the Hoe promenade, adjacent to Smeaton’s Tower, at 11am. The walk will be officially opened at 12 noon by star of stage and screen Connor McIntyre (recently famed for playing villain Pat Phelan in Coronation Street), and the 5 kilometre walk will then be spectacularly led by members of the local band Wreckers Border Morris, taking in the sights of Plymouth City Centre. The walk will finish at Devonport Park, where there will be food and refreshments, with entertainment being provided on the bandstand by the Salvation Army house band, Blood and Fire.
For more information contact Gina Dormer on 07967 559567 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
Photo opportunities on the Hoe leading up to and including the start of the walk from 11.40-12 noon.