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Peter's Half Marathon. For vulnerable local people who need it most

I am going out of my comfort zone in Feb18.Running for Brighton Housing Trust because they believed in me when I had lost all hope.

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  • Event: Brighton Half Marathon 2018, 25 Feb 2018

Brighton Housing Trust

We run housing and support projects to transform the lives of vulnerable people

Charity Registration No. 284839

Story

In April 2012 I arrived at BHT Recovery Project a broken man. I had handed in the keys to my rented flat, having been forced to sell my house 2 years previously. The money from the house was gone and I had ruined another marriage, lost my job and had narrowly escaped prison for another drunk driving offence. I had lost the will to live. Addicted to alcohol and drugs - I probably had been for 30 years or more. I had tried to take my own life on a number of occasions, had been in several rehabs and psychiatric wards, done at least 10 outpatient detoxes and attended some AA meetings. None of them gave me what I needed. 

I will always be indebted to (the late)Cliff Iffland and the rest of the Recovery Project team who gave me hope when no one else had been able to. They reached down and picked me up, out of the lonely place I had ended up and began to help me restore my self belief. They provided hope when I could see none. I stayed with them for 9 months and then went to shared housing provided by BHT Move On Project, started a BHT internship and retrained. They showed me the importance of AA fellowship to keep me balanced and have given me the life I did not know I could have.                                                BHT showed me the way.

That was over 5 years ago. 

Private rehab costs up to £20,000 for 1 month of treatment, BHT asked only for Housing Benefit and around £25 per week towards food during the 9 months I was there. They need funds for around 30 projects they run in East Sussex. I was saved by just two of these projects. Thank you BHT.
I will be running with gratitude to power my legs, along with the knowledge that my sponsorship money will be put to good use helping vulnerable people locally.
Visit www.BHT.org.uk to find out more.
Their mission statement is:
Combating Homelessness, Creating Opportunities, Promoting Change.

I have been shown that I can achieve my goals in life, so here goes for another.

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