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article imageThe Gaff Ketch Tectona sets sail for drug addicts

By Melissa Horrocks     Jul 25, 2012 in Health
Plymouth - A voyage sets off on 1 August to help drug addicts recover from their addiction. There has been a lot of fundraising taking place to help support the voyage.
Bridlington Free Press reports that, a sailing boat with 100 crew members who are in drug and alcohol treatment programmes, including some from Yorkshire is due to start a three month journey.
The crew on The Gaff Ketch Tectona, are on a three month, recovery project that was created to help individuals remain drug free. The voyage is part of research by Plymouth University, to discover new ways of treating and aiding recovery in addicts.
The experience, it is hoped, will provide huge, personal development for individuals struggling to change their lives and highlight the way that recovery from addiction is possible and is happening.
The charity, Phoenix Futures, that treats addiction and sailing charity, The Tectona Trust, have worked together to set up the project. Crew members were chosen from Phoenix's community and residential treatment services in Wirral, Trafford, Barnsley, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Hampshire, Glasgow and Tyneside.
Darren Long, is an ex-Phoenix service user, that originally had the idea for the voyage. He said: "The voyage will be a life-changing opportunity for those people taking part. I know it will also be a symbol of hope for people who are in a similar situation to the one I was in a few years ago. I'm now drug-free and working on the Tectona, helping others overcome their addiction problems."
Harrogate Advertiser reports, to help raise money for the trip, individuals took part in snail eating contests in Birmingham, a zip wire off the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and a pirate themed day in Barnsley.
It is a massive project, but there have been many major sponsors. Adele Duncan, project Manager for Voyage Of Recovery, said: "This has been a huge project, but with the help of major sponsors Trafford Council and Birmingham's Drug and Alcohol Action Team (BDAAT) along with many companies and individual supporters, we've been able to make it happen."
The voyage is due to leave Plymouth on August 1 and head West, stopping at Milford Haven, Holyhead, Liverpool, Glasgow, Corpach, Peterhead, North Shields, Ipswich, London, and Portsmouth. It is due to return to Plymouth on October 24.
The Star reports, that lead commissioner, Barry Eveleigh, from drug treatment services in Birmingham, thinks that it's wonderful to see innovative concepts that help people start recovery. Furthermore, this project will help people gain confidence, which is a vital part of recovery.
Fundraising will take place throughout the voyage and donations are accepted at Just Giving.
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