Ex ad­dict in peak char­ity chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - DANIELLE ROPER

AFORMER drug ad­dict who turned his life around now faces a brand new chal­lenge – and this time he’s do­ing it for char­ity.

Nick Reed, 40, who lives with part­ner Jane on West Park Drive, will at­tempt to com­plete the Three Peaks Chal­lenge in Septem­ber, climb­ing Ben Ne­vis in Scot­land, Scafell Pike in Cum­bria and Snow­don in Wales in just two to three days with son De­clan, 18.

Nick, who is a drug and al­co­hol sup­port and key worker for Reach Out and Re­cover (ROAR), a hous­ing pro­ject help­ing re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts in Cheshire East, re­cently cel­e­brated be­ing four years free of a drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

He said: “It will be good to give some­thing back to a com­mu­nity I just took from. I want to raise as much money as pos­si­ble.

“In my 22 years of ac­tive ad­dic­tion all I did was take from peo­ple, places and sit­u­a­tions to feed it.

“I had a re­ally bad rep­u­ta­tion and was steal­ing things.

“I was cry­ing all the time with guilt and shame, I was bro­ken but just couldn’t stop tak­ing drugs.

“I got to the point where I didn’t want to live but I couldn’t bear the thought of los­ing my chil­dren.”

The fa­ther-of-five, whose story was fea­tured on BBC’s North West Tonight, even spent time in prison abroad be­cause of his ad­dic­tion.

Then in 2011 he fi­nally sought the help of staff at the Barn­abas Cen­tre and be­gan a six-month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme the same year in War­ring­ton.

Since be­ing clean Nick has given talks in pris­ons about his ex­pe­ri­ences and worked with drug and al­co­hol ser­vices in Cheshire East, found­ing a drug and al­co­hol re­cov­ery sup­port group called Chang­ing Lanes in 2013.

He and his son De­clan have been train­ing hard, rop­ing in Nick’s dad Dave Reed for a trial run climb­ing Scafell Pike, which the pair man­aged in two and a half hours.

Nick said: “No mat­ter where you’ve been and how bad things get, if you’re ready and want it, change is pos­si­ble.

“Just take ac­tion and ask for help.”

Funds raised from the chal­lenge will be shared be­tween ROAR, Macmil­lan, East Cheshire Hos­pice, Fallen An­gels, a dance com­pany for peo­ple in re­cov­ery, and West End Im­pact, a char­ity for the home­less in More­cambe.

To do­nate go to uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/ Ni­cholasFaithReed.

●● Nick Reed on Scafell Pike dur­ing his train­ing for the Three Peaks Chal­lenge, which will raise money for a num­ber of char­i­ties

●● Na­dia Jack­son

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