Record-breaking numbers of past clients and their families celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Saturday 11th July. 170 people came from all corners of the UK to celebrate this very special landmark and their own recovery from addiction. Our founder, Mary Brash who lives just up the hill in Amberley, cut the huge cake. She was presented with some flowers in acknowledgement of all the hard work that she and her husband put in to get the charity set up back in 1985. A fantastic spread was laid on by The Nelson Trust’s most recent project, The Hub Bistro, a newly-opened café in Gloucester with an outside catering service. We all finished lunch with the usual Serenity Prayer and went into an all-singing, all-dancing bonanza of a Fete and Family Fun Day.
This was one big THANKYOU celebration with our local community here in Stroud, alongside past clients, bygone staff, friends, families and supporters: a food-tasting, family-fun, dog-friendly, raffle-winning, biscuit-decorating, nail-painting, cake-eating, coconut-shattering, teddy bear-naming, rat-trapping, lucky-dipping, face-painting, bouncing-castle, bric-a-brac-selling, circus-performing, and a generally fun, outward-going event. The sun shone and there was something for everyone, even dogs! The popular Big Brunch Band from Cirencester got the party started with the musical vibe. The School of Larks Circus shared their circus skills and the kids got their faces painted and let off steam on the bouncy castle. The prettiest and the best-behaved dogs received their rosettes and everyone got their dancing shoes on. There’s still an opportunity to enter the prize draw here – a great chance to win one of four family days to a top local attraction.
John Trolan, the CEO, thanked staff, volunteers, donors, professionals and neighbours for all their support and hard work through the years. This massive network has enabled around 2,100 people have the opportunity to turn their lives around through residential abstinence-base rehab centres. He launched our 30th Anniversary Stand with Us Appeal, calling on everyone to give up alcohol for just one evening, donating their savings so that more people can get the help they need. Join in and mark the occasion – stand with the many people in recovery from addiction. 30 years of passion for recovery comes to fruition – join us and donate to help more people get the specialist treatment they need.