Blaby District Council ‘Walk for Change’ and Swanswell is their charity of choice

16 January 2015

Today, staff and councillors from Blaby District Council will ‘Walk for Change’, and have chosen to raise money for the recovery charity, Swanswell.

Swanswell provide alcohol and drug services throughout Leicestershire and Rutland, helping people change and be happy, by achieving sustainable recovery.

This is part of Blaby District Council’s Workplace Challenge, where staff have been invited to get involved in health and wellbeing activities. Today’s walk is the first in a series of four activities, planned for the coming weeks.

Each activity aims to reflect one of Blaby District Council’s health priorities, which include, drugs and alcohol, dementia and healthy hearts, as well as raising money for different charities.

Stuart Haste, Operations Manager for Swanswell’s Leicestershire and Rutland service, said:

‘I am delighted that Swanswell has been chosen as Blaby District Council’s charity of choice for their ‘Walk for Change’.

‘Active involvement with Blaby District Council, and other councils, helps to promote visual recovery within the community, and this always has a positive impact.

‘Two of Swanswell’s team members, Emma Coleman and Simon Kilgallen, will be joining Blaby District Council staff on the walk, to support them and get involvedI know they'll agree this is great, and we'd like to thank Blaby District Council for recognising the work we do in the area, and supporting us in this way.’

Blaby District Council will also ‘Walk for Dementia’ for the Alzheimer’s Society, ‘Walk for Heart’ for the British Heart Foundation, and walk for Loros, a Leicestershire based charity.

Sam Strickson, Sport and Physical Activity Graduate (Legacy Maker) at Blaby District Council, said:

‘We are so pleased to be holding these walks and activities as part of our Workplace Challenge.

‘Swanswell are a fantastic recovery charity who work with us in Leicestershire and Rutland. Choosing them for our walk, based on our drug and alcohol health priority, was an obvious choice, and I am glad we are able to support them today.

‘Today is an opportunity for Blaby District Council staff and councillors, to get active, and engage with our workplace health and wellbeing activities. I am pleased that we have been able to link these events with our health priorities too.’

If you or your organisation would like to support more people to achieve recovery in Leicestershire and Rutland, please contact Cat Sanchez, Swanswell Fundraising Executive, at or on 01788 559 428.







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