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Community rallies to help drug rehab charity after break-ins

Hassan Riaz with residents at Alpha House
Hassan Riaz with residents at Alpha House

A drug rehabilitation service in Halifax that suffered two burglaries in a week has had new carpets fitted for free.

Thieves broke in to Alpha House on Clare Road and, although nothing was taken, their carpets and flooring had been completely ruined since the burglars broke in from the roof.

The charity caters for around 25 residents with mental health problems and drug and alcohol addiction, and many of them use the Horne Street Pharmacy in Halifax.

Pharmacist Hassan Riaz said: “The charity means a lot to our patients who are on methadone and buprenorphine supervision, with many of them volunteering to help clear away the aftermath.

“I saw how emotional they were about the burglaries and wanted to do something to help.”

So the pharmacy team took it upon themselves to contact local company King Cross Carpets and Flooring and explained the situation, and they agreed to fit new carpets for free.

They also agreed to fit extra carpets for the whole building at cost price which the pharmacy team decided they would fundraise for.

The pharmacy will be holding a raffle in order to raise enough money to cover the costs of the new carpets and floors.

Alpha House Trustee Fran Nowell said: “We moved to Clare Road in November and since then we’ve been burgled three times, which has been quite upsetting and quite costly. They came through the roof each time and took tiles off so we’ve had to pay for the repairs and had to clean up the mess left behind.”

Alpha House is a service for ex-offenders with complex problems who are seeking to rebuild their lives.