The organiser of a unique conference to combat the effects of alcoholism has expressed her ‘grateful thanks’ to our Rotary club for their support.

Jane Mackenzie, who is stage managing the groundbreaking ‘Alcohol – Share the Truth’ virtual conference on November 18 and 19, captivated members of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club. She gave more than 20 members of the club a talk at their last meeting as a result of which Shrewsbury Severn Rotary has agreed to donate £500 to support her work.

She said today: “I am most grateful to the generosity of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club for their extremely kind support – I think the members share my concerns about this progressive and terminal disease. I was delighted to be able to put important points of concern across about the effects of alcohol addiction on families and on those suffering with addiction to this substance.”

Jane outlined to Rotarians how her daughter Amy, 37, died two and a half years ago after she fell and hit her head. “Ten percent of drinkers become addicted to alcohol, and I didn’t realise how many young people it is killing, in the prime of their lives. When I was mayor I decided to raise awareness about this, because problem drinking affects us all in one form or another. I set up the charity Share Shrewsbury to support anyone affected by alcohol addiction and we started to make a difference locally. There are specific things I would like to change, such as early intervention before problems become entrenched, and better services”

She said the virtual conference had attracted a range of top speakers from many different sectors and tickets could be bought online:

Said Rotarian John Yeomans, president of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club: “I hope the donation of £500 will support the excellent work you are doing. What an important issue it is in all our lives.”

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Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club president John Yeomans welcomes speaker Jane Mackenzie who is organising a virtual conference ‘Alcohol – Share the Truth‘

Julian Wells

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