Swanswell walk to remember lives lost due to problem alcohol and drug use

16 July 2013

People using Swanswell services in Leicestershire and Rutland are taking part in a Remembrance Walk next week to pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost as a result of substance misuse around the world.

Organised by clients involved with the national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, the five kilometre walk will begin at Queens Park, Loughborough at 1pm on Tuesday 23 July, ending there two hours later.

It’s part of International Remembrance Day (21 July) – an annual event that aims to remember those who have died because of problem alcohol and drug use, and to celebrate the many lives saved by treatment.

The global campaign began in Germany in 1998 but is now marked with events in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Canada and the UK.

Swanswell has actively marked this day since 2009, and again this year, is giving clients a chance to leave comments in a book of remembrance at all of its offices.

In addition, special postcards are being printed for people to leave messages that will be attached to a remembrance wall or memory tree. Some offices are also holding a coffee morning for clients.

Jo Woods, Swanswell’s Regional Development Manager in Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘It’s important to remember the countless lives that have been lost around the world because of problem alcohol and drug use, and International Remembrance Day is a vital part in achieving that.

It’s an event that we’ve marked for a number of years and clients are always actively involved. This year, they wanted to do even more by organising a Remembrance Walk around Loughborough, which we’ve gladly supported.

We hope that by raising awareness of problem alcohol and drug use through events like the Remembrance Walk, more people will start their recovery journey by speaking to Swanswell in Leicestershire and Rutland on 0300 303 5000.’

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