Grateful Dave takes the plunge

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A FORMER alcoholic is preparing for a birthday celebration with a difference to help the charity that saved his life.

Morpeth man Dave Tinlin was told that if he did not stop drinking he would never see his 50th birthday.

Thanks to help from Escape Family Support he hasn’t touched a drop for six years so after reaching his half-century on May 12, he will prepare for a fund-raising parachute jump two days later.

“This is something that I have always wanted to do,” he said.

“I just want to get some money in for Escape Family Support and let the whole of Northumberland know that there is help there if they need it.

“The support I have had from Escape has been invaluable. I’m still here today because of help from them, along with the therapy and treatment. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it worked for me because I was determined to stop the drink.”

Mr Tinlin now works as a volunteer peer mentor at the Blyth-based charity, which works across Northumberland to support people with drug and alcohol dependencies.

There is also a 24-hour helpline, but there are fears that cuts in funding could place it in jeopardy so every penny of Mr Tinlin’s parachute jump in Peterlee next month will go to the cause. He hopes to raise at least £400.

Anyone wishing to sponsor him should call 01670 544055.