A CHARITY that helps people overcome alcohol addiction has received a helping hand itself.
Drout, which stands for Dry Out, Drink Out, was launched in Morpeth earlier this year.
Now Morpeth Town Council has shown its backing for the organisation in the form of a £500 subsidy.
Clerk Gillian Turner said: “The town council unanimously supported the granting of this initial subsidy to this very worthy cause.
“During this time of economic depression there are a range of issues that impact on people’s lives and wellbeing. Drout is giving people with alcohol-related problems hope that there is assistance for them.”
The charity was set up by former alcoholic David Tinlin, while Louise Currie, of Community Action Northumberland (CAN), helped with governance issues and grant funding applications.
She said: “David is an inspiration. It is a pleasure to work with someone with such dedication and drive and I am fully aware of the need for the support that he and his volunteers offer.”
Mr Tinlin, who has raised funds for the charity through bungee jumping, sponsored runs and entertainment events, said: “This subsidy will enable us to continue to support the people of Morpeth and the surrounding area who come to us for help and I am very grateful to the town council.
“Without Louise’s guidance to draft and adopt the correct governing document we would not have been in a position to apply for funding. It is vital that we have all the correct procedures in place and her assistance has been invaluable.”
Due to increasing demand, Drout, based off Bridge Street, will open for a Wednesday evening drop-in, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm each week. Donations and volunteers are welcome.
For more information call 01670 511100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org