January is always a time of new resolutions and good intentions for the coming year and with that in mind Resurgam Staff and volunteers took the opportunity to give up alcohol for January while also raising money for their local community organisation. 

Gillian Lewis, Healthy Living Manager with The Resurgam Trust encouraged participation, Gillian said “The local South Eastern Drug and Alcohol Connections team have been challenging people to think about giving up or reducing alcohol for January.  At the Resurgam Trust our staff, volunteers and community members are always up for a challenge so they volunteered to take part.  We know that many people in Northern Ireland are drinking at levels which can be harmful to their health, most people don’t know that they should drink no more than 14 units per week and even if they know their units they may not know how many units are in the alcohol they are drinking.  Initiatives like this give people a chance to reflect on their relationship with alcohol, take an alcohol MOT and to think about other ways to relax and socialise that do not involve alcohol.” 

Francie Ferris one of the participants in Dry January has shared what he got from the experience: “Participating in Dry January was one of the best things I have done in years. Whilst it was tough at the start it gave me the drive and support to do something I have wanted to do for a long time and that was challenge my drinking habits. If Resurgam had not organised this I would not have had the willpower to do it alone. It was great to do it with friends and raise funds for the Trust”

A fantastic amount of £1,428.00 was raised and this money will go towards helping Resurgam deliver much needed services to their beneficiaries across the Greater Lisburn area such as exercises classes, programmes for people of all ages on topics such as promoting mental health and wellbeing.   If you would like to do some fundraising for the Resurgam Trust, please contact Vince Curry on 02892 670 755 or email him at vince.curry@resurgamtrust.co.uk

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Some of the participants from the Dry January Initiative presenting Resurgam’s Trust Director Adrian Bird with the funds raised

L-R Denis Paisley, Asia Jarzynska, Mabel Scullion, Adrian Bird, Francie Ferris, Sharon Gibson and Gillian Lewis