Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has thanked Unite for donating £1200 to provide Christmas dinner for people struggling with addiction. SUIT is a charity in Wolverhampton offering help and advice to people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It will provide the meals for up to 150 people who have accessed their services and their families.

SUIT is run by the Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC) and has grown substantially over the years. It works hard to showcase the talents of recovering drug users and educates people about the dangers of substance misuse and the difficulties that people face in overcoming them.

SUIT project worker Leanne Harper thanked Unite for their donation, stating “Without this donation, the event would have been organised on a shoestring budget meaning that the experience would have matched the modest investment. We have dedicated our lives in helping those that are a bit behind in terms of their social reintegration and making people feel a part of something bigger will raise their individual hope and aspirations.”

Unite’s Charity Fund at Goodyear was created in 1985 and to date has donated over £600,000 to various charities. Its Chairman, Cyril Barrett and Goodyear workers from UNITE presented the cheque to Leanne Harper of SUIT.

Commenting on the presentation, Emma said “I would like to thank Goodyear workers from UNITE for making such a generous donation to a local charity. The funds will provide a Christmas meal to those who SUIT have helped and their families.”

“I would like to congratulate SUIT for the incredible work that they do to help those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. They help people recover from addiction and rebuild their lives.”

Cyril Barrett added, “As chairman of the Unite Branch at Goodyear, I am proud of what my members have been able to do to help and support our local charities. Having been involved since the fund was set up in 1985, it amazes me the kindness our members show year in and year out. It is particularly generous considering the fact that many will lose their jobs in the New Year, with the plant sadly closing in early 2017.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my members of the charity personally and wish them and their families well in the future.”

December 2015