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Posted on: 9th May 2011

Skydiving Solicitors Jump for Charity

Two intrepid local Solicitors raise funds for Open Road.

Two intrepid local Solicitors have chosen Open Road, the leading Essex-based drug and alcohol treatment charity, to receive donations raised from their daring Skydive at Beccles Heliport on Saturday 14th May.

Louise Reader and Craig Tipper, both solicitors with regional firm THB Solicitors LLP, will make the jump at 12.30pm and hope to raise in excess of £1,000 in donations. They will jump from 13,000ft and will be in the air for about 5 minutes before making a controlled landing back at the Heliport.

Craig, 26, from Leigh on Sea, works at the firm’s Chelmsford offices. ‘We were on a night out with colleagues and the subject of personal challenges came up. Sky Diving was top of the list for most of us. What started as a bit of a dare became reality when I was coerced into booking it and told it was a non-refundable deposit! However we saw the opportunity to raise money for charity at the same time and now we’re keen to achieve our goal’.

Louise, 30, from Colchester, runs the Firm’s Braintree office. ‘Open Road was an obvious choice for us. We both work on a daily basis with clients afflicted by issues of drug and alcohol abuse or dependence, the effects of which can be devastating for the client, their family and wider society. Open Road provides such a valuable service in not only helping people stop using substances but also supporting them in getting their lives back on track, which has to be for the good of us all. And it’s not all Crown Courts and Prison visits, we are often called out to a Police Station in the middle of the night to advise a client in trouble. The Open Road SOS bus has helped reduce the number of people who end up in these late night situations.’

Sarah Wright, Open Road’s CEO, added ‘It’s initiatives like this from committed individuals that really make the difference to our work. On behalf of everyone at Open Road, thanks to Louise and Craig for making us their priority.’

You can still sponsor Louise and Craig for up to 3 months following their skydive in aid of Open Road, to do so visit www.justgiving.com/Louise-Reader.

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2010 Open Road celebrated 20 years of delivering high quality services to enable 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 70 staff and has a team of over 100 volunteers that support our work.

Open Road is funded through Essex Drug and Alcohol Partnership, Primary Care Trusts, the Big Lottery Fund, charitable trusts and individual donations. In 2010/11 Open Road is expected to receive over £2 million in income.

For further information about Open Road please contact Sarah Wright, on 01206 369782. Email sarah.wright@openroad.org.uk. More information at www.openroad.org.uk

THB Solicitors LLP offers a wide range of legal services in Essex, Suffolk, London and beyond, often with the benefit of Legal Aid, always with the benefit of a free initial consultation.

The extensive Criminal Law Department specialises in defending those facing Proceedings at the Police Station, before the Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts and Courts Martial. THB are also one of the only Firms locally with a contract to offer advice and representation in matters of Prison Law.

In addition to Crime, THB offer specialist Family Law advice and representation, a highly successful Conveyancing Department offering a professional and friendly service concerning all residential property transactions, and thriving Departments dealing with Personal Injury, Litigation, Debt Recovery, Wills and Probate.

With offices in Chelmsford, Southend, Benfleet, Braintree and Ipswich the firm prides itself on providing a personal, efficient and cost effective service to all Clients.

For further information, please visit our website www.thblegal.com, contact us by phone on 0845 293 7688 or email us at mail@thblegal.com.

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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.