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Posted on: 22nd April 2015

Hugo Fenwick visits Open Road

Former High Sheriff of Kent and retail phenomenon, Hugo Fenwick visited Open Road’s head office in Colchester on Wednesday 15th April to discuss possible funding and to find out more about the services we offer.

Sarah Wright, Chief Executive of Open Road welcomed Hugo to the office, taking him through the company in detail.

Hugo Fenwick is the Director at Fenwick Limited and became the High Sheriff of Kent last April for 2014/2015. The role of High Sheriff of Kent has recently been taken over by William Alexander for the following year.

Fenwick Limited owns the Williams and Griffin retail chain, with currently 11 stores around the country. Hugo explains that the Colchester branch of Williams and Griffin, on the High Street very close to the Open Road head office, is currently undergoing a £30 million redevelopment which is due to be completed by Spring 2016. 

“As a result of the William’s and Griffin upgrade, I’ve got to know Colchester very well. The High Street is such an elegant street and we are very much hoping that we will be the capitalist to regenerate the High Street.”

He added.

Hugo seemed very interested in the work and services that Open Road provide, especially with the SOS Bus. He stated the following:

“I’m very interested in this as Kent doesn’t have anything like the SOS Bus.”

“I love your goals of trying to keep people out of A&E, and I am sad to hear the levels of misuse in such a compact area; I’m glad you have a partial solution to it. It’s right on our doorstep and it’s helping to promote the night time economy, and take some negativity out of the night time economy. It’s almost like an air ambulance on the ground.”

“You are offering an all round service and that’s fantastic.”

In relation to funding and possible donations from the company, Hugo Fenwick stated “Primarily the Fenwick budget goes towards the arts, so with other organisations and charities it usually goes through the store.” As well as suggesting that Williams and Griffin are likely to support Open Road with future charity events and more.

Over the last year Open Road have treated and supported over 6,000 people, with over 85% of service users successfully completing programmes with the charity. 

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.