Cash boost for charity

A CHARITY which works to educate young people on the dangers of alcohol has received funding worth £10,000.

Alcohelp, based in Castle Hedingham was handed £9,950 as part of the BIG Lottery Fund this week.

The grant will allow the project to take its 2Brite2Binge road show - focusing on the risks of binge drinking - to youth centres and sports clubs across Essex and reach around 10,000 youngsters next year.

Terry Martin, trustee of Alcohelp, said: “We want our children and young people to understand the risks associated with alcohol abuse so that they can make informed decisions based on evidence and facts.

“We want to change how they learn about alcohol, so that they are ultimately able to enjoy better health and a better quality of life.”

The charity was set up by people who have first-hand experience of alcohol abuse and addiction and can offer counselling expertise.

It was one of 32 projects across the East of England, which benefit communities and make a difference to those in need, who shared funding worth more than £240,000 from the BIG Lottery Fund on Monday.