In February 2014, after struggling with problems with Drugs and Alcohol for many years I got clean. I quickly realised that whilst getting clean was tricky, it wasn't one bit as difficult as living clean day to day. In the beginning I was very lucky to find that there were people around that wanted to help. High Level in Rochdale is a charity that helps people affected by substance misuse problems, they have received money via local council commissioning and grants for many years but in these increasing times of austerity they are dependant more and more on the good will of people, who donate time, money or other resources to help people just starting out on their recovery. They also trust mutual aid organisations in the local area to rent their venue giving invaluable support to people affected by addiction, be that drugs, alcohol or behavioural addictions such as gambling. High Level was and still is a valuable community resource.
I started running in April of this year, barely dragging my 19 stone frame for 8 seperate 1 minute intervals. On October 14th I am aiming to complete Manchester's half marathon, 13.1 miles of road running which will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. I've been training in rain, wind and blistering sunshine to prepare myself but I'm still seeking extra motivation. If you could pledge some money towards the fantastic work that High Level do it will push me all the more to complete this goal, a lot like my first contact at High Level (Su) told me four and a half years ago. You can achieve anything when you work with others.