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Thousands enjoy FAVOR Recovery Walk, sponsored by Humankind

Scores of people who have used our services, proudly paraded through Middlesbrough town centre on Saturday in the 11th FAVOR Recovery Walk

Humankind is this year a major sponsor of the event. Our Chief Executive Officer, Paul Townsley, said: “The Recovery Walk is really important because each year it’s a celebration of people tackling their addiction issues. It helps people realise that addiction is everywhere. It’s a normal part of life for people and you can do something about it.”

 He said the walk helps break down the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with addiction issues.

 Rob Cheesman of the Humankind-led County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service attended the event. He said: “It’s a fantastic event. It’s nice to see so many people in recovery there, with their families celebrating the positive side of life.

 “It’s really good for Middlesbrough, too. Too often everything about alcohol and drugs is doom and gloom but this was a really uplifting day. I was just so glad to be a part of it.”

The Recovery Walk, attended by thousands of people from all over the country,  is a key event during the Recovery Month of September. Every year a different town or city in the UK is chosen to host the walk.

The walk began in the newly developed Centre Square in Middlesbrough. It took the crowd through the busy shopping streets of Middlesbrough before returning to Centre Square. The town had even dyed the water in the Centre Square fountains purple in honour of the event.

Live music, stalls and activities were on offer for the event attendees and the sun shone throughout the day. Highlights included performances by singers Emily Wilton and Jamie Grey and the Suco Samba band.

Humankind services represented by staff volunteers and people in recovery included Barnsley Recovery Steps, Calderdale Recovery Steps, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, Forward Leeds, North Yorkshire Horizons and Redbank Recovery Accommodation.

Recovery Month is an international campaign that takes place in September across the world, celebrating people’s recovery from addiction. It is also seen as an opportunity to celebrate and promote the passion, wisdom and strengths within families, neighbourhoods and communities.

This year, a team of cyclists from Humankind arrived in time for the start of the walk, after riding 170 miles from our Redbank Recovery Accommodation service in Manchester, via our recovery hubs in Halifax, Leeds, Northallerton and Bishop Auckland, as well as our headquarters building.

A team of Humankind staff raised awareness of recovery and monies for people who used our services in a four day, 170 mile bike ride which ended at the Recovery Walk.