Funding boost for addiction project

A £75,000 funding boost has been awarded to a Northumberland charity to help recovering addicts.

Rio Tinto Alcan, which owns the axed Lynemouth smelter and operates the nearby power station, has presented the cheque to Escape Family Support from its Legacy Fund.

The charity works throughout the county to provide confidential support, counselling, mediation and educational information to alcohol and drug misusers and their families.

The new funding will go towards the refurbishment of the National Union of Mineworkers Hall in Ashington for the charity to house several new social enterprises.

Rio Tinto Alcan Regional Economic Development Director John McCabe said: “We launched the Legacy Fund to ensure we leave a variety of valuable and self-sustaining resources which benefit local communities in south east Northumberland.

“Escape Family Support has been operating for more than 17 years and provides a vital service to individuals and families coping with complex and often sensitive issues, such as alcohol and drug addiction, domestic violence, child protection, debt, unemployment and mental health.

“The charity is keen to extend its current provision in order to help more people access its services at times of need and we are pleased to be able to support this through the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund.”

More than 700 people a year contact Escape for support.