Sonia Anderson was a volunteer at Bridge Northampton. Sonia encapsulated everything that is good about Bridge. She would never judge anyone. She treated everyone with the utmost respect and made Bridge a fun and happy place to be in.
Sadly, Sonia passed away in March 2017. Sonia's family asked for donations at her funeral to be made to Bridge. We have used this money to decorate the chillout room and have renamed this 'The Sonia Anderson Room' in dedication to Sonia. It has been thoughtfully decorated in her favourite colour and items have been purchased that we know she would have liked, and will be a permanent reminder of Sonia for all of us.
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On Sunday 25th June 2017, four of our members entered the Pain and Suffering race.
The Pain and Suffering race is a 10km mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. It is a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.
Each member was sponsored to take part in the race. Between the four of them they raised £469.50, which Bridge matched, meaning a total of £939.00 was raised.
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Bridge SMP offers their members the opportunity of engaging in horticultural activities by providing two allotment sites one in Corby and one in Wellingborough. The activity involves members in self motivation and interaction with Bridge members covering all three Bridge sites.
Of great help has been a recent donation of much needed manure to help fertilise the allotments which will greatly improve the yield and success of the Bridge allotment projects.
Gabriel is a Shiatsu Practitioner who has donated 10 Shiatsu treatments to Bridge.
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork developed in Japan and it sits under the traditional Chinese Medicine umbrella. Traditional Chinese medicine includes a range of medicine practices that share common concepts.Click here to view Gabriel's website
A Bridge member, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated four table tennis bats to Bridge, as they wanted to give something back to Bridge.
Many thanks from Bridge!
Ashley Wilson died on 30th July 2015. He died as a result of a heroin overdose the day before his 34th birthday.
So who was Ashley Wilson?
Ash was a member of Bridge, joining Corby Bridge in October 2013. At this time, he was also receiving treatment from S2S, clearly grasping every opportunity to overcome his addiction. Ash got involved in a number of the Bridge activities including acupuncture and frequently attending Thrapston Gym with a Bridge gym pass.
Dougie, one of our recovery champions, adopted a mentoring role to Ash, more like a "big brother" relationship in reality. Dougie described Ash as a "nice kid", "doing really well", and "likeable". Dougie enjoyed training with Ash and did so regularly. In that October alone, they trained 8 times and 9 the following month. It appeared that Ash was progressing well. He was reducing his S2S "script", not using illicit drugs and really starting to take care of his health and wellbeing. During February 2014, he gained employment in the London area, working and lodging, returning home at weekends. Not long afterwards Ash, like many Bridge members, just stopped attending Bridge. We make the assumption that members take what they need with regard to their recovery and "fledge" from Bridge, having regained control over their lives and reintegrated back into their community. Given this assumption, alongside the fact that Ashley made great progress during his time at Bridge, the news of his relapse and consequential death came as a great surprise and left us all deeply saddened.
The Wolf Run 2016
The Wolf Run is a 10k unique combination of three kinds of off-road running: mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. The tough obstacles - both man-made and natural are designed to test mental & physical strength, skill and stamina.
Ashley's sister, Kim, organised a team, most of whom we understand were family members, to participate in the Wolf Run and raise funds on behalf of Bridge in memory of Ash. TeamAsh successfully completed the event on 11th June 2016. As Kim and her cousin Emma, are both Barclaycard employees, they were able to have the money they raised matched by Barclaycard. The total sum raised was £4000. Kim will be part of the decision making process regarding how to spend the money in the best way possible in order to maximise recovery services.
After the event, Kim had this to say:
"Myself and 10 members of my family and friends tackled the WOLF run to support Bridge. Bridge supported my brother Ashley so we did this to try and give a little back. My brother was a kind, happy and energetic young man who suffered with an addiction to heroin. This devastating drug took away from the person Ashley really was. Whilst on Bridge's substance misuse programme, Ashley did extremely well, he looked like a happy healthy 30+ man. I want to say massive thank you to everyone at Bridge for your fantastic work. The members, volunteers and employees - without you all it would not be what it is. I hope that the money we've raised helps you all greatly to continue the excellent work that you do supporting people through their times of need."
Bridge would like to thank TeamAsh, Ashley's family and friends and all those who supported this sponsorship effort.
We have recently received a donation of £5000 from a generous relative of a member who wishes to remain anonymous. The money was used to buy a number of bicycles for member use. During the forthcoming months we aim to coordinate a number of off road cycling trips in the local countryside.
This type of activity enables members to:
All three engagements are part of The Five Ways to Wellbeing and are deemed to be crucial to recovery.
Illy Systems develop, deliver and support software solutions to charities and government organisations.
Illy have been working closely with Bridge for a number of years. In 2015 they made a contribution of £600 as a means to enhance member services. The money was gratefully received. In collaboration with Illy we agreed to totally refurbish our existing Treatment Room. This included the purchasing of a new therapy bed. Thus providing the opportunity to improve and develop our complimentary therapy provision.
Bridge Substance Misuse Programme Ltd is a Social Enterprise, company registered number 06221493. Registered office 63c Gold Street, Northampton, NN1 1RA.