Sevice marks the road to recovery

Imelda Walsh, Stuart Forshaw, Michelle Foster, Michelle Foster, Rev Jonathan Bish, Andrew Bryant and Sam Jones, at Halifax Minster, for the Calderdale in Recovery service
Imelda Walsh, Stuart Forshaw, Michelle Foster, Michelle Foster, Rev Jonathan Bish, Andrew Bryant and Sam Jones, at Halifax Minster, for the Calderdale in Recovery service

A special service was held at Halifax Minster to celebrate how people battling addictions have turned their lives around.

The service, organised by Calderdale in Recovery and Calderdale Recovery Steps, was the first of its kind in Halifax.

Those in recovery attended along with their family and friends and awards were given to a number of people in recognition of volunteering, giving back, inspiring others and outstanding contribution to recovery in the borough.

The service, led by the Reverend Jonathan Bish, was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, councillor Ferman Ali and his consort.

Andrew Bryant, recovery builder at Calderdale Recovery Steps, said: “It was a fantastic day, especially to feel the warmth and recognition from the local community including the Deputy Mayor and Reverend Bish.

“It was wonderful to see so many people there to celebrate what recovery gives to Calderdale and to help break down stigma around addiction.”

The Basement Choir sang and there were also readings by a service user and a director from Calderdale Recovery Steps.

Candles were also lit in memory of those who had passed away, but organisers said the service was a positive and uplifting event.

If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please contact The Basement Project on 01422 383063 or St John’s House on 01422 415550, for advice and information.