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Unicorn’s choose SMART as their Charity of the Year!

On 17th May 2019, Vanessa Duke, SMART’s Area Manager, thanked Ian Hillan, President of the Unicorn Club Number No.1 Thames Valley, for his group’s generous donation of £1,200. The money will be used to make improvements to our Wokingham service who help people experiencing difficulties with their drug and alcohol use.

Pictured above from left to right: Vanessa(SMART Area Manager), Ian and Jacqui Fitzgerald (SMART Wokingham Manager).

Ian said “we chose SMART Wokingham as this year’s nominated charity because the service is known for its good work helping vulnerable people who experience problems with drug and alcohol use.”

The Unicorn Club was founded 40 years ago, by a number of professionals who, as friends, wanted to form an organisation offering something different to other groups. The focus, then and now, is primarily fellowship, with occasional fundraising activities supporting local charities.

Vanessa said “we offer a broad range of support at SMART Wokingham including counselling, group sessions and clinical services to reduce alcohol and opiate dependency and problematic substance use. Although SMART Wokingham is a commissioned service, donations are vital for us to be able to respond to the ever changing needs of the sector and most importantly the people who come to us for help. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Unicorn Club for their generous donation.”

Thames Valley No. 1 Unicorns Club meets at Sonning Golf Club. Chris Neale, the Club Secretary told us “Fun, fellowship, and enjoyment are our main principles. Fellowship activities, to which wives and partners are encouraged to attend, include walks, trips to places of interest, theatre visits, summer barbecues and pub lunches. I would like to encourage men who are looking for companionship to get in touch by emailing Chris Neale at chris.neale@btinternet.com.

If you feel you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, or are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use and you live in Wokingham you can call 01189772022 or email wokingham@smartcjs.org.uk to get free, confidential support and advice. If you live outside of Wokingham contact FRANK for support and explore our website for useful information.

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