‘Mir­a­cles do hap­pen’ thanks to fes­tive spirit of re­cov­ery group

Macclesfield Express - - NATIVITY PICTURES -

A COM­MU­NITY group help­ing peo­ple re­cover from drug ad­dic­tion held their first ever carol con­cert.

Reach Out and Re­cover, a com­mu­nity based hous­ing project set up last year, raised £400 for food bank Silk Life with the event at St Michael’s Church, which saw re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts, their fam­i­lies and staff dress up as elves and an­gels.

Re­cov­ery worker Vicky Mill­ward said: “It was a really touch­ing evening with fam­i­lies torn apart from their loved ones through ad­dic­tion com­ing back to­gether.

“It was great to see chil­dren with their par­ents back in their lives too. It’s proof that mir­a­cles do hap­pen!”

She added: “We’ve had let­ters and Christ­mas cards from chil­dren say­ing ‘thanks for keep­ing my mummy safe’ and ‘thanks for giv­ing me my daddy back’. We had one card with a pic­ture of Santa on it say­ing: ‘To my daddy’s lit­tle helpers’.”

Songs on the menu in­cluded tra­di­tional carols as well as fun songs such as Ru­dolf the Red Nosed Rein­deer. Vicky added: “Our ser­vices users loved the con­cert and it showed them there is life af­ter ad­dic­tion.”

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