Davina McCall auctions outfit from TV show ‘The Jump’ in aid of Focus 12 in Bury St Edmunds
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Bids can still be made for a Suffolk charity’s first online auction which is being supported by Davina McCall, Joe Pasquale and Russell Brand.
All three are patrons of Focus12 which last night held a glittering fundraising ball at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds.
The auction catalogue consists of nearly 60 exclusive lots, offering sport, adventure, hotel, fine dining, theatre and live music experiences, alongside original fine art, photography and other memorabilia.
Davina’s contribution is the jumpsuit she wore when she presented “The Jump” and Focus12 chief executive Andy Yacoub says she has also contributed to the charity in numerous other ways since she first became involved, in 1997.
“She is a wonderful advocate for us,” he said. “She is our longest-serving patron and brings an energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of Focus12.
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“Davina for example meets with clients past and present, and their families, at Focus12’s annual reunion and she is just fantastic. She has such an uplifting personality and does so much to help us and our clients. It is no exaggeration to say that without Davina’s help Focus12 would not be here today.”
Focus12 has a reputation for successfully helping people with the illness of drug and alcohol addiction.
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Although in Suffolk, it has helped more than 1,100 people from across the UK, and occasionally overseas, over the past 17 years.
The charity works to pave the way to a productive life in sobriety, addressing deeply-ingrained family issues and rifts, mental health conditions, personality disorders, other addictions, unemployment, housing issues, re-offending and education.
Says Mr Yacoub: “The people who enter into Focus12’s intensive residential abstinence-based treatment are at their lowest ebb and at times literally at risk of death, were they to continue misusing substances. Those who leave Focus12 at the end of their treatment programme ‘graduate’ to a life that offers both opportunities and challenges. They do so, however, with the self-belief and peer support needed for such a life in recovery.”
He added that Focus 12 also uniquely provides free treatment to those most in need.
“‘Free beds’ are offered to the most vulnerable of drug and alcohol addicts; people with complex dual diagnoses, without financial support and no local authority backing.
“This is why we need to fundraise,” he said.
The money raised from the auction will all go directly towards providing treatment at Focus12.
Davina said: “I am donating an outfit that I wore on ‘The Jump’. It’s a spotty, snowboarding outfit with accessories and it kept me very, very warm on the Austrian slopes. So, get bidding!”
The auction is on www.focus12.co.uk - bidding will be running through until 8pm on Monday.