Friends of LEAP celebrate fifth Reunion

A new charity aimed at raising funds for LEAP, the Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme, is set to launch this weekend (Saturday 21 July) as part of their fifth anniversary celebrations.

Founders of the Friends of LEAP charity will join graduates, patients and staff at their annual ‘reunion’ event to celebrate the continued success of the innovative service.

Setup by a group of dedicated and skilled volunteers, Friends of LEAP, will help to raise additional funds for the programme along with managing the donations they receive.

Dr David McCartney, Clinical Lead, LEAP, NHS Lothian, said: “LEAP continues to grow from strength to strength with more and more people successfully completing the programme and going on to live alcohol and drug free lives.

“We are delighted to see that the Friends of LEAP charity has been established. We welcome their support and I am sure their work will make a significant contribution to the service. All donations we receive are gratefully received and will go directly into catering for the needs of our patients.”

Trustee Alison Hume is one of four volunteers involved in setting up the charity. “Having volunteered at LEAP over the last few years we are delighted to set up Friends of LEAP.

“We have witnessed the dedication of staff, the high success in patients completing the programme and the impact that this has had not only on their lives but also that of their families and friends and we are delighted to be involved in this way.”

The LEAP programme operates seven days a week for people dependent on substances who want to achieve drug and alcohol-free recovery.

“More than 500 patients have been admitted to the programme,” added Dr David McCartney. “It’s important we celebrate our achievements and look ahead with positivity in continuing to assist people in the future.”

LEAP, the first programme of its kind in Scotland, is an innovative partnership between NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council, Transition (Access to Industry) and the Serenity Café and the Alcohol and Drug Partnerships in Lothian. The programme launched in September 2007.

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