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The Brink hosts Action On Addiction's Annual Merseyside Candlelight Vigil

by Khyle Deen. Published Thu 28 Nov 2019 19:20

Action on Addiction will remember those who have lost their lives to addiction as it prepares to host its annual Merseyside Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Evening at The Brink.

Located on Parr Street, the dry bar will welcome hundreds of people from across the region as they come together for this special commemorative event on Friday, November 29.

Owned by national charity Action on Addiction, The Brink continues to raise awareness of the life-threatening impact that alcohol and drug use can have on society whilst offering a safe space for those affected, including friends and families.

General Manager at The Brink Carl Bell said: “This year will mark the 12th annual Merseyside Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Evening, which we have hosted for the past several years here at The Brink. It’s always an emotional gathering that sees friends, families and colleagues who have lost a loved one to addiction come together alongside those in the recovery community and the wider general public. It’s important for us to not only remember those individuals who lost their battles with addiction, but to celebrate their lives.

“We hope that by opening up our doors and welcoming people to join us for this special event we can offer comfort and support at a time when they need it the most. With Christmas approaching, it’s always a difficult time of year with many tough emotions to contend with, especially for people who have lost someone near to them to the hands of addiction. With this in mind, we want people to know that we’re here to provide some solace whilst promoting community spirit and a sense of real belonging.”

As the UK’s first and Liverpool’s only dry bar, The Brink is a pivotal place for those affected by addiction and offers a safe and stigma-free environment that plays an important role within the local community. On the evening, The Brink will provide a platform for people to talk openly with others, sharing personal stories and readings.

Carl added: “This event is about remembering those who have suffered as a result of addiction but as part of this we aim to raise awareness of this life-altering disease in the hope that we can support others who are looking for recovery or simply want to seek advice that will contribute to a better quality of life. Every year, we are moved by stories of courage and we hope that these powerful messages will inspire a catalyst for change in society and in the way that people view addiction.”

The Merseyside Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Evening is open to the public and will take place at The Brink on Friday, November 29 between 6pm and 9pm.

For more information about The Brink, visit www.thebrinkliverpool.com


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