As reported in The Chronicle, Barnsley News and Sport and The Star; on February 13th Michael called for backing for local charity Barnsley Beacons in its battle for funds to continue its work in the community.
Founded in 2000 by a local mother after discovering her three sons were addicted to heroin, Barnsley Beacons does an incredible job working tirelessly to help those affected by alcohol and drug addiction.
It offers a range of services, including a telephone helpline, one-to-one and group support sessions, respite activities, social events, and coffee mornings for those suffering from addiction and their families and friends.
Last year alone, the charity helped 103 people over 605 sessions, and the demand for its services rose by around 20% in the last four months.
However, Barnsley Beacon’s future could now be in doubt unless it can raise more funds to sustain its work, and along with Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, Michael is calling for everyone to back this fantastic charity.
Commenting, Michael said:
“These are tough times when it comes to charities who rely on our support to survive and provide vital services in the community.
I would urge people and organisations who might be able to support Barnsley Beacon to get in touch with them so they can continue helping relatives and carers of people with drug and alcohol problems.”
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