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Posted on: 12th June 2013

Harlow Charity Workers Take the Plunge

Two brave local charity workers will be raising funds for their own organisation, Open Road, by taking the plunge in a sky dive from Sibson Aerodrome, Peterborough this Saturday 16th June. Open Road is a leading charity in East Anglia that supports people with drug and alcohol addictions. The pair – Lauren Pellant and Mark Watson – both work at Open Road’s Harlow treatment centre in Wych Elm.

Mark, a 2nd year Social Work student, is carrying out his work placement with Open Road as part of his degree studies.

‘I want to support this vitally important charity – they literally save lives.  I want to raise awareness of Open Road’s work and at the same time fulfill a lifelong dream of sky diving. We are both very excited but equally nervous about the jump and we have both been overwhelmed by the support that we have so far received from colleagues, family and friends. But we need more!’

Lauren is a Recovery Worker, helping individuals through personalised programmes of treatments and therapies towards their recovery. She is also a specialist alcohol health worker and advises people struggling with alcohol issues and the effects on their own lives and those of their friends and families.

‘I have witnessed first hand, the positive impact that Open Road has on individuals who are trying to overcome substance misuse. The money raised from this skydive will help provide valuable equipment and resources to help Open Road extend this good work. I’ve always wanted to do a skydive and I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity to do this whilst raising money for such a worthwhile cause”.

The photos show Mark and Lauren getting into the swing of things pre-dive. You can sponsor Mark and Lauren by visiting their Just Giving pages at or

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.